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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.
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.
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.
The ESA Matroshka experiment was launched to theInternational Space Station (ISS) with a Russian Progressfreighter on January 29, 2004. The cooperation of 15 laboratoriesaround the world makes it the most extensive research effortin radiation dosimetry ever performed in space. The facility is aimed to simulate an astronaut’s body during an extra vehicular activity.