• Measuring instrument will enable more efficient use of water in agriculture in the future / 2021

    New mirror telescope for Earth observation ready for flight to the International Space Station ISS

    Jena / Freiburg im Breisgau /  / November 09, 2021

    © Fraunhofer IOF

    Researchers from Jena and Freiburg have jointly developed a new type of mirror telescope for use on the International Space Station ISS. The findings that the measuring instrument will provide there in the future should, among other things, provide answers to climate change and facilitate the efficient use of water in agriculture. The instrument will begin its journey into space in February 2022. The development of the telescope was funded by the “Digital Innovation Hub Photonics,” a Thuringian initiative to promote start-up projects in the fields of optics and photonics.

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  • © Fraunhofer EMI

    The aim of the ATTENTION project is to develop a method for predicting injuries to vulnerable road users (VRU) such as pedestrians or cyclists in real time. Fraunhofer EMI will contribute to the development of the collision and injury database as part of the ATTENTION project and focuses on VRU-car-impact simulations.

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  • Increasing crop yields / 2021

    Satellites measure drought stress in plants

    September 01, 2021

    Landwirtschaftliche Flächen, vom Satelliten aus mit der Wärmebildkamera betrachtet. In der beispielhaften Auswertung steht Rot für hohe Temperaturen und drohende Wasserknappheit.
    © ConstellR

    With a satellite system that measures drought stress in plants, two researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for High-Speed Dynamics, Ernst-Mach-Institut, EMI, have now founded the spin-off ConstellR. Their technology enables the agricultural sector to optimize the irrigation of areas under cultivation to increase crop yields. The first sensor system will be launched into space in early 2022 and be installed on board the International Space Station (ISS).

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