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The Pathway to Launch the MAIUS-2/3 Payload on a Sounding Rocket

Elsen, Michael and Grosse, Jens and Rasel, Ernst and Braxmaier, Claus and MAIUS, Team (2019) The Pathway to Launch the MAIUS-2/3 Payload on a Sounding Rocket. International Astronautical Congress, 2019-10-21 - 2019-10-25, Washington, USA.

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After a successful launch of the first sounding rocket mission housing experiments on matter-wave interferometry, MAIUS-1 (Materiewellen-Interferometrie unter Schwerelosigkeit, Matter-Wave Interferometry under Microgravity) two sounding rocket missions, MAIUS-2 and MAIUS-3, are planned to perform sequential and simultaneous dual-species atom interferometry with Bose-Einstein condensates (BEC) of Potassium-41 and Rubidium-87. The scientific payload of the MAIUS missions will be launched on-board a VSB-30 sounding rocket from Esrange in Sweden. This allows for approximately 360 s of microgravity conditions and therefore offers a microgravity environment for experiments on timescales not accessible in ground based experiments. During ascent of the rocket, vibrational loads of up to 1.8 g RMS in the frequency range of 20-2000 Hz and accelerations of up to 13 g can occur. Furthermore, static loads, caused by the re-entry and the landing, can be as high as 50 g. Both missions MAIUS-2 and MAIUS-3 fly the same payload. The five main subsystems - physics package, laser system, electronics, laser electronics, and the batteries need to withstand this challenging environment. This paper will present the final design of each subsystem and the overall payload after the successful payload Critical Design Review (CDR) at the end of 2018. Additionally, it shows the results of the vibration tests of the subsystems of MAIUS-B already performed at the shaker test facility at the Center of Applied Space Technology and Microgravity (ZARM) in Bremen. Furthermore, the finalized thermal concept as well as the concept for the water and the electronic umbilicals will be discussed in detail. In addition, the ground support equipment for the launch campaign as well as the next steps towards the launch of MAIUS-2 (2020) and MAIUS-3 (2021) will be introduced.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/130417/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:The Pathway to Launch the MAIUS-2/3 Payload on a Sounding Rocket
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Rasel, ErnstLUH, Leibniz University of HannoverUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:23 October 2019
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:atom interferometry, rocket
Event Title:International Astronautical Congress
Event Location:Washington, USA
Event Type:international Conference
Event Start Date:21 October 2019
Event End Date:25 October 2019
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space System Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Space System Technology
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Systems Engineering Optische Systeme (old)
Location: Bremen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Space Systems > Systems Enabling Technologies
Deposited By: Hamann, Ines
Deposited On:14 Nov 2019 09:08
Last Modified:24 Apr 2024 20:33

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