After one year of development, it‘s time to go the last step. Yesterday we were traveling to Esrange Space Center in Kiruna for launching our experiment with the stratospheric research balloon. We went straight to our working place to stating the preparation of our experiment, after the important Safety Meeting. Thankfully our experiment was already there, and so we could start to unbox it. It was a good decision to use ZARGES Boxes for the transport because they are very solid and the experiment fits perfectly in it. Since we have shipped the experiment two weeks before launch we could get some time for recreation with the knowledge that our experiment is protected by these boxes. And after nearly 3000km from Würzburg to Kiruna everything was as expected in best conditions. Now it‘s time to prepare the experiment. After the recreation time the team is very motivated and in a good mood to finish the last step. Stay tuned!
After assembling most of the components it was time to sho them to the advisors from DLR. Since we are in time and the parts are well engineered, we had no reason to worry about this review beforehand. Everything went well and we got a pass for the next step of our journey. In the following post you can see some impressions from the IPR at our university.
We went to Sweden. Our design was reviewed there by experts from ESA, SNSC, DLR and other organizations. They seemed to be satisfied so far. We are good in time and we don’t have to improve our experiment that much. Besides the review we learned a lot from the expert and one week full of exciting lectures and activities about carrying an experiment to space. The vehicle in the title image will carry our experiment to the start location.
First detailed planning is coming to an end and we would like to give you a little insight on the mechanical and electronical design of QUEST. Click here for an overview of QUEST’s construction.