The local television station “Tele 1” has paid us a visit and broadcasted about the CEMIOS project in the news (Swissgerman):
The flight model was shipped already earlier to Stockholm (Sweden), in order to spin balance the rocket. The ground model (prototype of the flight model), lab devices and consumables as well as various tools are now on the way to Kiruna. The launch will be outside of Kiruna in the north of Sweden.
The Lucerne School of Engineering and Architecture has published the second press release about the CEMIOS project. Various local media, such as „Neue Luzerner Zeitung“ or the Lucerne edition of „20 Minuten“ have picked up the topic.
Press release in German:
During the first vibration test on the shaking table in September 2015, the frog eggs (oocytes) did not survive the simulated vibrations of the rocket launch. Thanks for multiple follow up vibration tests, we could optimize the experiment design and procedures. Now, at the last chance, we could demonstrate that the oocytes can survive the vibrations acting the launch.
CEMIOS was present with a poster presentation at the 10th Anniversary Symposium 2016 of the Graduate School for Cellular and Biomedical Sciences, University of Bern, Switzerland. We had many interesting discussions with various PhD students and researchers working in the field of biomedical sciences and engineering.
At the DLR in Oberpfaffenhofen (Germany) the bench test was conducted. All communication and electrical interphases have been thoroughly tested. Also the payload modules are assembled together for the first time. The last 10 minutes of the countdown and the timeline during the flight was executed several times in order to identify potential problems.
All electrical components remained functional in vacuum and did not overheat. However, the fluidic system appeared to be leaky and a clear pressure drop could be detected. After identifying and fixing three leaks, the vacuum test was finally successful.
The CEMIOS project was presented at the annual Erlanger Gravimeeting (Germany) with an oral contribution. The audience, consisting mainly of German researchers conducting low gravity experiments, showed great interest in the project.
During the integration week in Bremen the experiment was assembled for the first time with the rocket module. All mechanical, electrical and communication interphases have been tested. Also the countdown and the flight timeline has been practiced for the first time. In addition the resistance of the mechanical structure to the launch’s vibrations was assessed in a vibration test.
We also had the chance to climb the world famous drop tower and have a detailed look at this microgravity facility.
At the Competence Center for Aerospace Biomedical Science and Technology of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts the final Experiment Acceptance Review was conducted on November 24, 2015. The team demonstrated the procedures before and during the countdown und the functionality of the experiment during the flight. The REXUS program was present with a representative from the Swedish Space Center. The CEMIOS experiment has successfully passed the Experiment Acceptance Review and is thus accepted for the rocket flight REXUS 20.