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The MAIUS Sounding Rocket Missions – Recent Results, Lessons Learned and Future Activities

Grosse, Jens and Seidel, Stephan and Lachmann, Maike Diana and Becker, Dennis and Wenzlawski, A. and Schkolnik, Vladimir and Dinkelaker, Aline Nathalie and Hellmig, O. and Müntinga, H. and Elsen, Michael and Ahlers, H. and Weps, Benjamin and Wendrich, Thijs and Stamminger, Andreas and Krutzik, Markus and Peters, A. and Windpassinger, Patrick and Rasel, Ernst and Braxmaier, Claus (2017) The MAIUS Sounding Rocket Missions – Recent Results, Lessons Learned and Future Activities. In: Proceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC. 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), 25-29 September 2017, Adelaide, Australia.

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Abstract

The QUANTUS consortium started activities to perform atom interferometry on a sounding rocket in the year 2011. Three sounding rocket missions (MAIUS-1 to 3) have been planned to demonstrate Bose-Einstein condensation and atom interferometry with rubidium and potassium atoms. Two different payloads MAIUS-A and MAIUS-B are being designed, qualified and integrated in the time frame from 2011 until 2020. The MAIUS-A scientific payload demonstrated the first Bose-Einstein Condensates in Space in the challenging environment aboard a two-staged VSB-30 sounding rocket on the 23rd of January 2017. In order to achieve this ambitious scientific goal the experiment used various sensitive instruments imposing strong requirements on the thermal and mechanical design of the scientific payload. This paper gives a summary of the MAIUS-A and MAIUS-B scientific payload design. Furthermore, the lessons learned from the MAIUS-1 maiden flight as well as the integration and testing activities and their impact on the MAIUS-B scientific payload design are presented. The paper closes with an outlook on future atom interferometry payloads on sounding rockets and beyond.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/115035/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:The MAIUS Sounding Rocket Missions – Recent Results, Lessons Learned and Future Activities
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Grosse, Jensjens.grosse (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Seidel, Stephanluh, leibniz university of hannoverUNSPECIFIED
Lachmann, Maike Dianaiqo, uni hannoverUNSPECIFIED
Becker, Dennisiqo, uni hannoverUNSPECIFIED
Wenzlawski, A.institut für physik, johannes gutenberg-universität mainz, mainz, germanyUNSPECIFIED
Schkolnik, Vladimirinstitut für physik, humboldt-universität zu berlin, berlin, germanyUNSPECIFIED
Dinkelaker, Aline NathalieHumboldt-Universität BerlinUNSPECIFIED
Hellmig, O.institut für laserphysik, universität hamburg, hamburg, germanyUNSPECIFIED
Müntinga, H.zarm, univ. bremenUNSPECIFIED
Elsen, Michaelzarm uni bremenUNSPECIFIED
Ahlers, H.inst. f. quantenoptik, leibniz-univ. hannoverUNSPECIFIED
Weps, Benjaminbenjamin.weps (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Wendrich, Thijsluh, leibniz university of hannoverUNSPECIFIED
Stamminger, AndreasUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Krutzik, Markushumboldt-universität zu berlinUNSPECIFIED
Peters, A.humboldt univ., berlinUNSPECIFIED
Windpassinger, Patrickinstitut für laserphysik, universität hamburgUNSPECIFIED
Rasel, Ernstluh, leibniz university of hannoverUNSPECIFIED
Braxmaier, Clausclaus.braxmaier (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:September 2017
Journal or Publication Title:Proceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:Published
Keywords:Sounding rocket, atom interferometry, cold atoms, VSB-30, thermal control system, MAIUS
Event Title:68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC)
Event Location:Adelaide, Australia
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:25-29 September 2017
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Technik für Raumfahrtsysteme
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Systems Engineering Optische Systeme
Location: Bremen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Space Systems > Systems Enabling Technologies
Deposited By: Hüls, Simone
Deposited On:11 Jan 2018 11:12
Last Modified:15 Mar 2018 09:20

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