During an evaluation event of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres in Köln Porz, between 22 and 24 April 2013, the German Aerospace Center is conducting a flight campaign within the VABENE project. Here, high resolution aerial imagery are acquired in real-time mode using the 3K+ aerial camera system.
A training course titled "Activation of the ZKI-DE Service: Benefits, Process flow, Applications", which was designed for the users of the framework contract between BMI and DLR, was held between February 28th to 1st March at the facilities of the Center for Satellite Based Crisis Information at DLR Oberpfaffenhofen.
To date the International Charter ‘Space and Major Disasters’ was activated five times in 2013: In January for the Palestinian territories, Mozambique and Indonesia, in February for the Seychelles and Madagascar. Without exception these were flood events, often caused by massive storm systems passing by (e.g. hurricanes or cyclones).
The European GNSS Agency (GSA) has moved its headquarters from Brussels to Prague. This provided an occasion for Petr Nečas, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, to also visit DLR's Earth Observation Center (EOC) in Oberpfaffenhofen an to get informed about the work of the Center for Satellite Based Crisis Information (ZKI) on 21 February 2013.
On February 19, 2013 Federal President Joachim Gauck visited the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Oberpfaffenhofen on the occasion of his official inaugural visit in Bavaria. He was accompanied by the Bavarian Prime Minister Horst Seehofer and the Bavarian Minister of Ecomonic Affairs, Martin Zeil.