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The purpose of the BRITE-AUSTRIA / TUGSAT-1 project, funded by the Austrian Space Program, is the development of the first Austrian satellite. The scientific goal of this nanosatellite mission is the investigation of the brightness oscilla tions of massive luminous stars by differential photometry.
BRITE-AUSTRIA - Development, Test, Launch and Operations of the Nanosatellite TUGSAT-1/BRITE-Austria for Asteroseismology
In 2011 the TUGSAT-1/BRITE-Austria nanosatellite successfully completed its flight readiness review. The BRITE (BRIght Target Explorer) mission has the scientific aim to investigate the brightness variations of massive luminous stars with unprecedented precision.
The BRITE (BRIght Target Explorer) mission aims at the long-term investigation of the brightness variation of massive, luminous stars by differential photometry.
The aim of this project was to raise the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of a new type of scalar magnetometer called Coupled Dark State Magnetometer (CDSM). Advantages of the CDSM are the uncomplicated sensor design, the high dynamic range of more than 6 decades and the omni-directional measurement capability without additional design complexity.
In the frame of this project a feasibility study of a new type of scalar magnetometer called Coupled Dark State Magnetometer (CDSM) was carried out. It included the investigation of its technical readiness and scientific merit for space applications, the concept for a TRL 5 (component and/or breadboard validation in relevant environment) compliant design, a detailed investigation of key components as well as the identification of possible challenges for a reliable operation in space.
ARC Seibersdorf research GmbH was selected to develop and produce ion emitters for the experiment COSIMA (CometarySecondary Ion Mass Analyser). Scope of this experiment is to analyse cometary matter e. g. to find out what molecules existed shortly after the "big bang". There may be molecules, composed of hydrogen, carbon and oxygen, which might build blocks of amino acids, the basic molecules of life.
Realized in the frame of the ELIPS programme of the European Space Agency, the DOSIS experiment is a multi-lateral research effort to determine absorbed dose, particle flux density and energy spectra at eleven differently shielded locations inside the European Columbus module of the International Space Station.
EO4Water aims at improving methodologies to produce maps of crop water requirements at field and district scale by combining information from Earth Obsevation (EO) satellites and ground agro-meteorological data.
The goal of this research task is to demonstrate the long operating capabilities required for such missions that may exceed several thousands of hours as well as to build a cluster of several emitters that can still be operated by a single high voltage power supply. This cluster has to comply with increasing thrust demands by the satellites.
The project covers a detailed investigation of fretting phenomena during launch. The main challenge is to simulate conditions expected during the launch of a satellite. One part (one material) is subjected to very high acceleration and frequency while a second moves "freely" on it. Furthermore, the project will cover a review of requirements for testing, design, set-up and verification.
G2real - Galileo-based GMES Real-time Emergency Support Testbed, Real-time Exercise and Development of Services
The overall aim of G2real is to develop and test new preoperational GMES services in the field of emergency and disaster management and rescue operations by integrating software and hardware solutions developed by 11 partners in three countries (AUT, GER, ES) and by testing and utilising the possibilities of Galileo navigation.
The overall goal of the GMSM project is to advance the use of soil moisture services based on METOP ASCAT and complementary satellite systems, most importantly SMOS and ENVISAT ASAR, by extending existing products developed at I.P.F. TU Vienna to Africa and Australia, for which extensive calibration and validation activities will be carried out and novel water hazards applications will be developed by the project consortium.
GMSM II was the follow-up of the GMSM activity performed within ASAP 6. It was launched to advance the use of soil moisture services based on EUMETSAT’s MetOp ASCAT sensor and complementary satellite systems. The GMSM II project has successfully accomplished major achievements towards this goal.
GNSS-MET - Rapid Delivery of Tropospheric Wet Delays Based on GNSS Observations for Weather Forecast
The aim of the project is to provide GNSS based measurements of the tropospheric water vapour content to be used within the INCA system.
GNSSMET-AUSTRIA - GNSS based determination of atmospheric humidity changes and their assimilation into operational weather forecast systems
In the framework of project GNSSMET AUSTRIA the wet part of the tropospheric delay is estimated with a temporal resolution of one hour and an accuracy of better than +/- 1mm PW based on observations of a GNSS reference network covering more than 30 stations distributed over the whole Austrian territory. These values are assimilated within the ALADIN-Austria model operated at the Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics (ZAMG).
GRAS is a simulation and verification tool to support satellitepositioning and navigation technology and to particularly demonstrate the expected Galileo system and service characteristics at selected Points of Interest (POI) in the urban area.
HERSCHEL/PACS - The Austrian Participation in the ESA-Cornerstone Mission HERSCHEL: On-board Data Reduction and Compression
The Herschel Space Observatory (formerly know as FIRST, theFar Infra-Red Space Telescope), a cornerstone of ESA's Space Horizon 2000 programme, will for the first time facilitate the investigation of the far infrared and submillimetre radio regime of the electromagnetic spectrum, which is not accessible from the ground. In this wavelength range the primary research goals will be in the fields of stellar evolution, development of planetary systems, interstellar matter and the origin of galaxies.
The HP3 (Heat flow and Physical Properties Probe) instrument was developed to investigate the thermal, mechanical and electrical properties of soil. The permittivity probe (PP) within the HP3 instrument shall determine the electrical permittivity and conductivity of the soil adjacent to the sensor.