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March 2016 – PATHOS

Month: March 2016

REXUS 20

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DSC03210_B1_k_oDOn Saturday afternoon all experiments of REXUS 20 were ready to be finally mounted together. The payload was raised in a vertical position and a system check was succesfully performed. In the evening there was the Motor Mating when payload and rocket motor where put together.
Now on Monday morning there was the REXUS 20 Roll Out. Now the rocket is on its launch position for final tests (the cold countdown).
First launch opportunity will be on Tuesday.

Launch Campaign – First Days

Preparations, Tests and some more Tests

at Esrange Space Center 08th to 10th March 2016
The first days of the REXUS launch campaign were used for individual experiment preparations and different tests of either a single experiment or the whole rocket.

DSC02908_k_oDOn Tuesday morning we moved to our working place in the church (a large hall where all REXUS 19 and 20 teams got their space for their preparations).
There we unpacked the materials, tools and spare parts from W├╝rzburg and soon we built up the system we used for testing.
We also got back our experiment module we hadn’t seen since January.
Its software had to be updated as we prepared some improvements during the last weeks at home.
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Another main task was to focus the cameras to infinity as this will be needed during flight when the earth will be about 80km away.
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