The Center of Applied Space Technology and Microgravity (ZARM) is an institute of the Department of Production Engineering at the University of Bremen. The institute was founded in September 1985 and focused initially on the investigation of flow phenomena under microgravity conditions and the development of space technology. Today ZARM is an internationally recognized research center with multidisciplinary expertise in fluid mechanics, space technology and space science. The research at ZARM covers experimental, theoretical and computational approaches to fundamental scientific questions, as well as the development of technology for space missions and microgravity experiments (for example on the International Space Station, satellites, sounding rockets or in the Bremen Drop Tower).
With a height of 146 meters the Bremen Drop Tower is the main laboratory of ZARM and the only laboratory of this kind in Europe. It daily offers the most economic opportunity for short-term experiments under highest-quality conditions of weightlessness. Since the implementation of the catapult system the experiment duration has been extended to 9.3 seconds - unmatched by any other drop facility worldwide.