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