SPIDER is developed under the new Swedish national balloon and rocket programme. SPIDER will carry a payload of ten (10) free flying units (FFU) to be released from the main payload at ~65 km. The FFU’s will deploy probes on wire booms to measure turbulences in the auroral electrojet between 95 km and 115 km.
The research will be carried out using a single stage S30 in early winter 2016.
The payload will be launched in this period into geo-magnetically active conditions to study the auroral electrojet.
The FFU’s will be deployed from a spinning main payload and use their residual spin after deployment to extract their wire booms. All FFU’s are self-sufficient and will be recovered by helicopter for data extraction after landing with their own parachute system.
SSC is contracted for the mission
SSC is in addition providing
- Project management
- Service systems
- System integration and testing
- Launch service (Eurolaunch)
P.I. is Ass. Prof. Nickolay Ivchenko, Department of Space and Plasma
Physics at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)
The FFU’s and their ejection system are developed by KTH
||Esrange Space Center
February 1, 2016
| Funded by
||single stage S30
|~ 240 kg including LEEWAVES
||~ 125 km
Krister Sjölander, Project manager, (SSC)
Mikael Töyrä, Project Manager for the launch facilities (SSC)