Dropping a measuring device out of space in freefall, collecting data and receiving the measuring device intact on earth – that was the plan of a transnational student team. And it was a success! Via
The Space Team of the Technical University Vienna is a student association that has repeatedly performed extensive space projects over the previous years – from the development of their own rocket to the launch of a mini-satellite. Most recently, the team was involved in a project with students from the University of Würzburg. The aim of this project was to gather meteorological data in higher atmospheric layers using easy and cost-effective measures. The height of seventy to eighty kilometers is particularly interesting because it is covered neither by satellites, nor by weather balloons. Weather balloons can rise to a maximum of thirty to forty kilometers and with satellites, this part of the atmosphere is difficult to capture.
Daedalus, as the project was called, aimed to prove that a parachute is not needed to safely land measuring devices on earth, that were dropped out of space in free fall.
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