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ELEKTRO 1/2018 was released on January 16th 2018. Its digital version will be available on February 12th 2018.

Topic: Electrotechnology; Materials for electrical engineering; Wiring material

Main Article
A new electrical insulating fluid and its possible deployment in practice

SVĚTLO (Light) 6/2017 was released on December 11th 2017. Its digital version will be available on january 11th 2018.

Lighting installations
The lighting of university building Centrale Supélec in Saclay in France
The light for our future

Daylight
Application and judgment light guides Solatube®

A 'telehandshake' between the ISS and Earth

28.12.2015 | Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt | www.dlr.de

Although it is a simple gesture of greeting, it nevertheless remains an extraordinary moment; a handshake between an astronaut on the International Space Station (ISS) and researchers from the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR).

Space Justin DLR

Remotely controlled from the ISS, SpaceJustin, DLR's humanoid robot in Oberpfaffenhofen, acted as a proxy in these interactive pleasantries on 17 December 2015. The Russian cosmonaut Sergey Volkov on the ISS and Alin Albu-Schäffer, Head of the DLR Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics, on Earth could see each other, converse and – thanks to force feedback – feel the pressure and movement of the handshake.

"The Kontur-2 technology experiment has allowed DLR to take another major step forward in robotics. This is the first time that we have succeeded in using a humanoid robot to implement force feedback between an astronaut orbiting the planet and a human being on Earth," emphasises Pascale Ehrenfreund, Chair of the DLR Executive Board. "The scientific results of this project will open the door to a broad spectrum of applications – ranging from planetary exploration to more 'earthly' areas in telemedicine and telepresence for people who find themselves in critical situations." In telepresence systems, robot operators use robotic avatars located a long distance away to act in their place – almost as if they were there.

Read more at www.dlr.de

Image Credit DLR