Center of Applied Space Technology and Microgravity (ZARM).
The drop tower Bremen. How does it work and what happens within?
Institute visit and guided tour, IF-IS INS 08
Wednesday, August 30th, 2023
Time: 4:40 p.m.
Location: Will be announced in the conference office.
Language: If participants who are English-speaking (but not German-speaking) are present, the language will be English.
The Bremen Drop Tower is a large laboratory, unique in Europe, which offers scientists from all over the world the possibility of earthbound experiments under short-term weightlessness. In contrast to orbital microgravity research, this facility can be used permanently and cost-effectively. Since its commissioning in September 1990, the 146m high concrete structure has been available on the grounds of the University of Bremen and is an important addition to the existing and planned laboratory units for orbital and suborbital microgravity research. Since then, about 400 experiment launches per year have been carried out continuously. The facility makes it possible to reach a state of weightlessness up to three times a day for 4.74 seconds each time.
In December 2004, a catapult facility was put into operation, which was developed at the Center for Applied Space Technology and Microgravity (ZARM) and creates unique research conditions worldwide. As a result, experiments can nowadays be carried out under weightlessness with a flight duration of up to 9.3 seconds, with the trajectory describing a “vertical” parabola.
Total duration of the tour is 45 minutes.
Unfortunately a tour to the top of the tower is not part of the tour.