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THE EXPERIMENT THAT CAME FROM THE COLD: RESULTS FROM THE RECOVERED REXUS12 SUAINEADH SPINNING WEB EXPERIMENT
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2015 (English)In: EUROPEAN ROCKET AND BALLOON: PROGRAMMES AND RELATED RESEARCH, 2015, 449-459 p.Conference paper (Refereed)Text
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The Suaineadh experiment had the purpose to deploy a 2m x 2m web in milli gravity conditions by using the centrifugal forces acting on corner sections of a web that is spinning around a central hub. Continuous exploration of our solar system and beyond requires ever larger structures in space. But the biggest problem nowadays is the transport of these structures into space due to launch vehicle payload volume constrains. By making the space structures deployable with minimum storage properties, this constrain may be bypassed. Deployable concepts range from inflatables, foldables, electrostatic to spinning web deployment. The advantage of the web deployment is the very low storage volume and the simple deployment mechanism. These webs can act as lightweight platforms for the construction of large structures in space without the huge expense of launching heavy structures from Earth. The Suaineadh experiment was launched onboard the sounding rocket REXUS12 in March 2012. After achieving the required altidue, the Suaineadh experiment was ejected from the rocket in order to be fully free flying. A specially designed spinning wheel in the ejected section was then used to spin up the experiment until the required rate is achieved for web deployment to commence. Unfortunately during re-entry, the probe was lost and also a recovery mission in August 2012 was only able to find minor components of the experiment. After 18 month, in September 2013, the experiment was found in the wilderness of Northern Sweden. In the following months all data from the experiment could be recovered. The images and accelerometer data that has been analysed showed the deployment of the web and a very interesting three dimensional behaviour that differs greatly from on ground two dimensional prototype tests. This paper will give an overview on the recovered data and it will present the analysed results of the Suaineadh spinning web experiment.

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2015. 449-459 p.
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, ESA Special Publications, ISSN 0379-6566 ; 730
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Aerospace Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-186695ISI: 000373647300062ISBN: 978-92-9221-294-0OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-186695DiVA: diva2:934152
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22nd ESA Symposium on European Rocket and Balloon Programmes and Related Research, JUN 07-12, 2015, Tromso, NORWAY
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QC 20160608

Available from: 2016-06-08 Created: 2016-05-13 Last updated: 2016-06-08Bibliographically approved

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