Fibre Optical Vibration Sensing Experiment

A student experiment to develop and proove next generation optical vibration sensing technology for use on rockets and space exploration.

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3 – 2 – 1 – Lift-Off

REXUS 15 just had a successful flight. Our data received on the ground station indicates that everything worked as expected. We were also able to extract all flight data from our SD card. Now it’s time to get a powerful computer and plot some graphics! You should watch this video in HD andRead More…

Flight readiness review passed and roll out to launcher

Today morning the teams from EUROLAUNCH/MORABA, DLR, ZARM and ESA fully assembled the payload.   In the afternoon all the student teams performed a successful cold countdown (that means it stopped 2min before lift-off). After that the motor mating and the “roll-out” to the launcher were performed.   Launch is planned onRead More…

First week at ESRANGE

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On Monday afternoon, we all travelled from Munich to Kiruna. After arriving at Kiruna Airport, we picked up our rental car and drove to Esrange Space Center. Surprisingly, we found the 40km long way without any navigation system. After the first night, which can’t be considered a real night, as the sunRead More…

Bench Test

Last week, we were in Oberpfaffenhofen and tested our module together with the other experiments and the Service Module. For us, everything went quite well, the same is true for the other teams. There were some problems for some, but they could all be solved.   Our experiment is running longerRead More…

RXBX Training week

The training week was held from 4th to 8th Feb 2013 at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Oberpfaffenhofen / Munich. The purpose of the training week was to learn how to develop technology for space flights andspace environments. We were taught about many technical subjects like telemetry but also learnedRead More…

Rexus selection workshop

Up to now, FOVS is a proposed experiment – no guarantee that we will ever make it on board the rocket. A selection workshop takes place on December 10th and 11th which contributes to the involved space agencies’ decision which experiments to select for the flight. Update: Great news: FOVSRead More…

The FOVS experiment

FOVS (Fiber Optic Vibration Sensing) is a experiment in the Rexus sounding rocket program of the German Aerospace Center. Students of Technische Universität München are invited to contribute to an experiment targeted at the application of fiber-optic sensors in launch vehicles. This blog is intended to present and document theRead More…

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