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Erklärung zu „Space Applications“ anlässlich der 56. Sitzung des wissenschaftlich-technischen Unterausschusses des VN-Weltraumausschusses (COPUOS)

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56th Session, Vienna, 11 February - 09 February 2019 - Germany                         

Item 4: United Nations Programme on Space Applications

Madam Chair,

Distinguished Delegates,

we highly appreciate the work carried out by the Programme on Space Applications and we are pleased to contribute to this project through the Drop Tower Experiment Series (DropTES).

DropTES is a fellowship programme of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) in which students can learn and study microgravity science by performing experiments in a drop tower. The Bremen Drop Tower in Germany is a ground-based laboratory with a drop tube of a height of 146 meters, which can enable short microgravity experiments to be performed in various scientific fields, such as fluid physics, combustion, thermodynamics, material science and biotechnology.

We are very pleased to announce that the fifth cycle of the Fellowship Program DropTES under the umbrellas of the United Nations Program on Space Applications and in close cooperation with the Center of Applied Space Technology and Microgravity in Bremen and DLR Space Administration was again a success.

In the fifth cycle of UNOOSA's Fellowship Programme DropTES, a team from the University of Bucharest was awarded the fellowship through competitive selection.

The objective of the very motivated student research team's drop experiment was to investigate modification processes of non-antibiotics under the effect of microgravity conditions and their interactions with particular target surfaces which are present onboard space vehicles.

It has been evidenced that microgravity conditions can be associated with the evolution of microorganisms into more virulent forms. In this regard, the investigation of interactions with different surfaces play a crucial role in biomedical treatments and may serve as a promising tool in developing new drug delivery systems for space medicine applications in the future.

It is also our great pleasure to announce that the DropTES program, which offers scientists and researchers from Member States of the United Nations the opportunity to conduct their own microgravity experiment series at the Bremen Drop Tower in Germany, will be continued. The Announcement of Opportunity for the sixth cycle of DropTES is available and its deadline for application submissions ends by 31 January 2019.

Once again, we highly appreciate the work carried out by the Programme on Space Applications and look forward to contribute to it in the future.

Madam Chair, distinguished Delegates,

We thank you for your kind attention.


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