From Birmingham to Bavaria

From Birmingham to Bavaria

I could start with a space pun, but I would need a little more time to planet. So in the mean time, I’ll fill you in on the last week of activities, but where do I even start!? It probably makes most sense to start on a cold wet Sunday morning in Birmingham airport. Having met at 6 a.m. the team were a little sleepy eyed but raring to go. Five hours, four coffees and two train rides later we arrived at our hotel in Oberpfaffenhofen. With nerves of our upcoming preliminary design review, or PDR in short, now settled, mostly due to sleep deprivation, we had a lovely first dinner together and headed to bed early for a much needed kip. Instead of giving you a play by play of the entire week I decided to just highlight our favourite parts. Monday night saw a trip to what we naively thought was a monastery, but upon arrival we were pleasantly surprised...
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The PIOneERS Experiment

The PIOneERS Experiment

The PIOneERS experiment is a technological demonstration designed to validate the performance of two space sub-systems, an ionospheric electron density impedance probe, ImP; and a fast-deploying, telescopic boom; Neil. This experiment will be hosted on board a sounding rocket provided as part of the German-Swedish student programme REXUS/BEXUS.  The data provided by ImP in the bottom-side ionosphere will be compared to already available data to determine its performance. Once the ImP data will be validated, it will be used to provide in-situ electron density measurements from the top-side ionosphere, from on board other spacecraft hosting it. ImP will be mounted at the end of a boom sub-system, Neil. This is a boom of 1.75 m in length, thus keeping ImP away from the artificial magnetic field generated by the REXUS rocket body. At this distance, the worst case percentage error in the measurements ranges from 7% at an altitude of 85 km to 16% at an altitude of 75 km. The ImP instrument itself...
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