Day 2: Communication Test and Benchtest

Today we did the communication test and the bench test. In addition we had the possibility to visit the rocket launcher where we will launch our experiment on a REXUS rocket.

Communication Test and Benchtest

The Rocket Launcher


Day 1: Unpacking and First Hardware Tests

We unpacked our equipment and made our selves comfortable. After this we did the final maintenance of the hardware and started to check once again the recording chambers. While working, we got some surprise visitors (at least for us)…

Unpacking the Experiment at ESRANGE

Preparing the Experiment at ESRANGE

Day 0: The CEMIOS Launch Team Arrives at ESRANGE

The team travels from Switzerland to the launch facility at ESRANGE located about one hour outside of Kiruna. Kiruna is the most northern town in Sweden, above the Arctic Circle. Fortunately it was not as cold as expected. In order to be ready for the first week, which is the preparation week, we brought frog eggs (oocytes) from the University of Zürich with us.

The CEMIOS Launch Team Arrives at ESRANGE

Esrange Space Center

CEMIOS on Tele 1

The local television station “Tele 1” has paid us a visit and broadcasted about the CEMIOS project in the news (Swissgerman):

Experiment is on the way to Kiruna, Sweden

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.


Press release from February 23, 2016

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:

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Vibration test finally successful

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.


Bench Test at the DLR in Oberpfaffenhofen successful

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.