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Reaching for the stars together

Space technology and terrestrial innovation help improve medical care.

The Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and CUREosity have met again, after a first meeting had already taken place in Oberpfaffenhofen in May. The aim is to exchange ideas about potential projects and develop new solutions to improve medical care for patients.

Back in May 2022, our CEO Thomas Saur and our Sales Manager Marcel Goldstein visited the Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics in Oberpfaffenhofen, Bavaria. The team of the Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics presented us their impressive solutions and prototypes from the innovation project VVITA. The subsequent exchange also already opened up new perspectives of future cooperation opportunities.

Last week we had the pleasure to welcome Dr.-Ing. Christian Nißler and Markus Nowak, both scientists of the Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics. Robert Klarner (Coordinator Technology Transfer/ Business Cooperation South) joined us via video call. In an exciting hands-on workshop, we were able to exchange ideas about current projects and try out each other's latest developments. We talked about technical developments in the field of AI and robotics as well as their application in the field of therapy.

By the way: In the future, we are planning even more events within the Space2Health network. For example, we participated in the INNOspace Annual Conference 2022 on September 6 in Bonn. INNOspace and the associated Space2Health network aim to make knowledge from space accessible to other sectors of the economy and, in particular, to use it for better medical care.

About the DLR in Oberpfaffenhofen

As the site of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) with the largest number of employees, the Oberpfaffenhofen site is one of the largest research centers in Germany. A total of 13 scientific facilities and institutes are located on the site outside Munich. DLR currently employs around 1800 people at the site. DLR Oberpfaffenhofen focuses, among other things, on participation in space missions, climate research, earth observation, the expansion of navigation systems and the further development of robotics technology.

The Robotics and Mechatronics Center (RMC)

The Robotics and Mechatronics Center (RMC), located in Oberpfaffenhofen, is one of the world's largest and most important research centers for applied automation and robotics. A new and modern research building for robotics research was opened here in 2016. The research cluster combines three institutes, with the Institute for System Dynamics and Control Engineering and the Institute for Robotics and Mechatronics on site. In this way, new technologies are being constructed that can not only be used for research and industry, but in the long term should also make everyday life easier for all of us. What sounds to the layman like material from a science fiction novel is already beginning to become reality at DLR. From autonomous electric vehicles to the Next Generation Train, Mars rovers for exploring the red planet, and humanoid robots.

In the research project (VITA), muscle signals e.g. from patients with upper limb amputations will be tracked and evaluated via intelligent algorithms. These signals will be used to enable the patient to use the amputated body part in a virtual environment and thus promote rehabilitation.


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