MAPHEUS-6 RSS

The sixth flight

MAPHEUS – Materialphysikalische Experimente unter Schwerelosigkeit, Material Physics under Microgravity Conditions

MAPHEUS-6

MAPHEUS is a DLR research rocket programme conducting annual launches of science payloads initially dedicated to materials studies. In the first project phase 14" payloads have been launched using a two stage Nike-Orion motor combination providing about 3 minutes of reduced gravity at a level of better than 10-4g (MAPHEUS 1-3) or on a single stage S30 motor providing about 4 minutes of reduced gravity at a level of better than 10-4 g (MAPHEUS-4). Experiments covered a wide range of materials physics topics such as gelation, granular dynamics, diffusion, solidification, and the mixing of liquid metallic alloys.

MAPHEUS-6 is the second sounding rocket in the programme aiming for a launch of 17" science payloads with a two-stage S31/S30 motor combination reaching about 6 minutes of reduced gravity at a level better than 10-4g. 

General information

Launch site Esrange Space Center
Launch date TBD
Customer DLR

Technical information

Rocket type Brazilian two-stage S31/S30 motor combination
Nominal diameter 557 mm
Total weight 2663,2 kg
Apogee ~260 km
Microgravity time ~360 s
Length 12356 mm
Burn-out S30 ~44 s
Burn-out S31 ~13,5 s
Yo-yo despin ~56 s
Max acceleration ~12,3 g
Flight time to apogee ~261 x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Experiment modules

Module Experimenter
MemEx DLR, Cologne, Institute of Aerospace Medicine
PI: Ruth Hemmersbach
Team: Jens Hauslage, Florian P. M. Kohn (Univ. Hohenheim, Stuttgart), Volkan Cevik,
Wolfgang Hanke (Univ. Hohenheim, Stuttgart)
μg-ESL DLR, Cologne, Institute of Materials Physics in Space
PI: Andreas Meyer
Team: Dirk Bräuer, Christian Neumann, Sarah Zimmermann
DEMIX DLR, Cologne, Institute of Materials Physics in Space
PI: Matthias Kolbe
Team: Sina Asmus, Stefan Burggraf, Christoph Dreißigacker, Mareike Wegener
X-RISE  DLR, Cologne, Institute of Materials Physics in Space
PI: Florian Kargl
Team:Michael Balter, Maike Becker, Jörg Drescher, Mareike Wegener
Rocket System DLR, Oberpfaffenhofen, Mobile Rocket Base (MORABA)

Contact persons

Mr. Torbjörn Eld, SSC,torbjorn.eld@sscspace.com
Mr. F Scheuerpflug, DLR, frank.Scheuerpflug@dlr.de


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