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Center of Applied Space Technology and Microgravity (ZARM)
Hosting Legal Entity
University of Bremen
Legal Status
University or higher education institution
Am Fallturm 2, ZARM - University of Bremen, Bremen, PO: 28359 (Germany)
Type Of RI
Coordinating Country
Current Status:
Operational since 1985
Scientific Description
The Center of Applied Space Technology and Microgravity (ZARM) is an institute of the faculty of Production Engineering at the University of Bremen. The institute was founded in September 1985 and focused initially on the investigation of flow phenomena under microgravity conditions and the development of space technology. Today ZARM is an internationally recognized research center with multidisciplinary expertise in fluid mechanics, space technology and space science. The research at ZARM covers experimental, theoretical, and computational approaches to fundamental scientific questions, as well as the development of technology for space missions and microgravity experiments (for example on the International Space Station). ZARM employs more than 100 scientists, engineers, and administrative staff and hosts many students from the faculty of Production Engineering, as well as from the Physical Sciences and Information Technology departments.The main facility of ZARM is the Bremen Drop Tower. With its 146-meter drop tower facility is not only a technological landmark of Bremen but unique in Europe, and offers scientists from all over the world the possibility to perform experiments in microgravity. The drop tower’s 9.3-second test duration is the longest in the world, and is a cost-effective and permanently accessible option for experimentation under space conditions.Furthermore, ZARM within the context of its test center capabilities operates the largest centrifuge in Europe which enables tests and certifications of aerospace structures as well as prototypes under conditions of increased gravity.Finally, in the in-house thermal vacuum chambers and the vibration test laboratory, space components can be tested under realistic settings. These diverse further test facilities of ZARM Test Center can help to ensure in advance that components will be fully functional in space.

RI Keywords
Environmental conditions, Stress Tests, Test center, Weightlessness, Vibration test Laboratory, Gravity, Centrifuge, Fatigue Tests, Combustion, Hyper gravity, Drop tower, Microgravity, Space conditions, Space technology, Aerospace, Shaker test stand, Fluid Mechanics, Environmental tests
RI Category
Space Environment Test Facilities
Extreme Conditions Facilities
Mechanical Engineering Facilities
Aerospace and aerodynamics research facilities
Scientific Domain
Physics, Astronomy, Astrophysics and Mathematics
Biological and Medical Sciences
Chemistry and Material Sciences
Information Science and Technology
Engineering and Energy
ESFRI Domain
Physical Sciences and Engineering
Vibration Tests
Material Sciences
Research in Fluid Mechanics
Hypergravity Experiments
Microgravity Research
Combustion Research
Bremen Drop Tower
Thermal Vacuum Chambers
Vibration Test Laboratory
Thermal Cycling Chambers
30g - Centrifuge
Date of last update: 13/03/2019
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