Current research projects

Einstein-Elevator

  • Laser-based additive manufacturing of metal parts from powder in microgravity
    The aim of this research project is the development of a laser-based additive manufacturing process for the production of metal parts from powder in microgravity. The approach is based on the "Laser Metal Deposition" (LMD) process known for earth gravity.
    Leaders: M. Sc. Marvin Raupert
    Year: 2021
    Sponsors: DFG
    Lifespan: 07.2021 bis 06.2024
  • Experiment carrier for the Einstein-Elevator
    An essential Component of the Einstein-Elevator at the Hannover Institute of Technology (HITec) is an experiment carrier, that is used inside the Einstein-Elevators gondola. In collaboration with the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the Institute for Transport and Automation Technology is developing a low-vibration carrier. The aim is to use the system to carry out various experiments under microgravity.
    Leaders: M. Sc. Richard Sperling
    Year: 2020
    Sponsors: DLR-SI
    Lifespan: 08.2020-07.2023
  • Setup of an active drop tower
    As part of the establishment of the Hannover Institute of Technology (HITec), an active drop tower, the Einstein-Elevator is being set up by the Institute of Transport and Automation Technology (ITA). The design, development and construction of the facility are being carried out in collaboration with the QUEST Leibniz Research School (QUEST-LFS) and the Institute of Quantum Optics (IQ). The aim is to be able to carry out experiments under conditions of microgravity, but also under different partial gravity conditions such as those on the Moon or Mars.
    Leaders: Dipl.-Ing. Christoph Lotz
    Year: 2011
    Sponsors: DFG und Land Niedersachsen (Projektträger)
    Lifespan: since 10/2011