courtesy of: NASA Wallops Flight Facility/Berit Bland

courtesy of: NASA Wallops Flight Facility/Berit Bland

NASA RockSat-X University of Puerto Rico - Rio Piedras and Mayaguez

"RockSat-X has become a fundamental part of the University of Puerto Rico students’ academic and professional development in the scientific research component. For five missions, this being the sixth, RockSat-X has encouraged our students to thrive and to put to the test their skills and creativity through the development of new, innovative and interdisciplinary payloads known for their highly complex systems that bring together STEM ideas into the space exploration community," - Oscar Resto, specialist in scientific instruments with UPR-Rio Piedras

The RockSat-X is an ongoing project where NASA invites universities throughout the United States to fly their scientific experiments in space. The project has been on since 2010 and is the next step from RockOn and RockSat-C projects, which involved lower altitudes.

 

2016 Payload

  • The collection of organic samples and micrometeorites from the Thermosphere (around 100 miles above the Earth’s sea level)
  • Innovative plasma decontamination subsystem along with additional cleaning measures prior to flight, assures the payload is free of Earth contaminants. This is done with the purpose of proving the Panspermia theory.
  • A dedicated video compartment, equipped with a Leica SL 601 UHD 4k camera and a Leica Summilux 28 mm lens, which allowed for the UHD recording of the entire 15 minute payload flight.
  • Measurements of temperature and pressure as a function of time were taken in order to asses the flight’s environmental conditions.
  • Machining and fabrication of subsystem enclosure provided by Escuela De Troqueleria Y Herramentaje - Bayamon, Puerto Rico

 

2015 Payload

  • The collection of organic samples and micrometeorites from the Thermosphere (around 100 miles above the Earth’s sea level)
  • A dedicated video compartment, equipped with a Sony A7S HD Camera with Leica 28mm Summilux lens, which allowed for the UHD recording of the entire 15 minute payload flight.
  • Measurements of temperature and pressure as a function of time were taken in order to asses the flight’s environmental conditions.
  • Machining and fabrication of subsystem enclosure provided by Escuela De Troqueleria Y Herramentaje - Bayamon, Puerto Rico

 

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