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Here you have it: The REXUS 17 and 18 Rocket Set ups! These are only preliminary and we will let you know if they change but as it looks now we will be going on the REXUS 17 rocket together with the british team WUSAT and reflying hungarian team Gekko-R! In our partner rocket REXUS 18 we have the italian team PHOS together with the german teams ACTOR, LICOD and SMARD. This is exiting! We know the other teams from the Selection workshop in Noordwijk and Student Training week in Kiruna so its pretty exiting to carry this out together. Concerning the set up the only worry we have had is that the team WUSAT will like us also shoot out FFUs from their module and we hope there will be no collusion with our units or it affecting our cloud. But hopefully there will be no problems of this as WUSAT are suppose to be released at an higher altitude with a totally different trajectory.
On the topic, we should present what the other experiments are about shortly. So on our rocket we have WUSAT-SOLSPEC from the University of Warwick, they are creating a Cubesat-based transit spectroscopy which will be measuring the Sun’s spectrum at different atmospheric path lengths as an analogy to the study of exoplanet atmospheres. We will also be flying with Gekko – R from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics who will measure the variations of electric conductivity with altitude by recording the mobility spectrum of positive and negative ions. Fourth team on the rocket is the REM-RED also from Budapest University of Technology and Economics (GM Sounding Rocket Experiment to Measure the Cosmic Radiation and Estimate its Dose Contribution) who aim to design and develop a GM counter system for sounding rockets and to quantify the cosmic radiation up to the maximum altitude of the REXUS rocket.
On the other rocket, starting from the top we have ACTOR (Aerogel Cells Tested On REXUS) who will test the isolating capability of cellulose aerogels under the conditons of space by measuring the heat flow during the flight with alternating pressure and temperature and comparing the results with other known isolation materials. Then we have PHOS (Pulsating Heat pipe Only for Space) who want to characterise the start-up and the stationary operations of a large diameter aluminium PHP (Pulsating Heat Pipe) operating in milli-g environment, by analysing the temporal trend of the local fluid pressure and temperature, and the external wall temperature in several locations.
LICOD (Light-induced compression of dust clouds) will also be flying on the REXUS 18 rocket to investigate the movement of optical thick dust under the influence of photophoresis for application in the context of planetary formation in protoplanetary disks and dust storm in the Martian atmosphere. And last but not least SMARD (Shape Memory Alloy Reusable Deployment Mechanism) who will test a prototype of the solar panel deployment mechanism for the CubeSat MOVE2, the successor of First-Move.
To read more about the other experiments click on this link: http://www.rexusbexus.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=132&Itemid=78