68th ESA parabolic flight campaign

The School’s experiment being flown on this campaign is a Single Loop Pulsating Heat Pipe which features high speed infrared imaging, high speed visible spectrum imaging and pressure and temperature measurements; with the overall aim to observe and characterise the thermofluid behaviour of a working fluid in varying gravity conditions.

More background on the EPSRC founded research project can be found here
 You can also follow the plane in flight via www.flightradar24.com, filtering for aircraft registration number  F-WNOV.  The aircraft is currently flying at the tip of Brittany and earlier over the channel in view of Dorset. Try the speed&altitude graph function to see the parabolas as they occur!
  
Over the next three days the flights will take off roughly at 08:00 UK time – for a duration of approx. 3 hours.
Finally, on this campaign we are very proud to have two high profile team members:
  • Libby Jackson, Manager of the Human Spaceflight and Microgravity Programme at the UK Space Agency, who will be helping us with the high speed imaging data collection in flight.
  • Captain BrightOne, our new flying Mascot and contribution of Prof. Debra Humphris.
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Planned flyers for this campaign:
 DAY 1 – 05/12/17  
Daniele Mangini (CEM Research Fellow)
Luca Pietrasanta (CEM PhD student)
Lucio Araneo (University of Milan)
 
DAY 2 – 06/12/17
Daniele Mangini (CEM Research Fellow)
Marco Bernagozzi (CEM Research Officer)
Nicolas Miché (CEM – Course Leader Aeronautical Engineering)
Libby Jackson (UK Space Agency)
 
DAY 3 – 07/12/17
Daniele Mangini (CEM Research Fellow)
Luca Pietrasanta (CEM PhD student)
Marco Marengo (CEM Prof. of Thermal Physics)
Matteo Pozzoni (PG visiting student – University of Bergamo)
 
 You can also visit:
 
Libby Jackson’s twitter thread: https://twitter.com/libbyjackson__?lang=en
 

67th ESA PFC-Days 2 and 3

Update regarding the 2nd and 3rd day of the 67th ESA Parabolic Flight Campaign
 The flight lasts 3 hours total, comprising 31 parabolas.
DAY 2
CEM flyers:
Dr. Daniele Mangini – Research fellow
Mr Marco Bernagozzi – Research officer
Mr Luca Pietrasanta – PhD student
DAY 3 
CEM flyers:
Mr Marco Bernagozzi – Research officer
Dr. Daniele Mangini – Research fellow
For more photos and videos visit Image Gallery and Video Gallery.
 You can follow the aircraft on www.flightradar24.com filtering for the aircraft registration F-WNOV
Pictures, videos and other information about this campaign can be also found:
 
 
 

Today is starting the 67th ESA PFC

Today the flights of the 67th ESA Parabolic Flight Campaign are starting!!!
3 team members are flying for UoB (Pic. 1):
Nicolas Miche’
Daniele Mangini
Luca Pietrasanta
together with Dr. Mauro Mameli from University of Pisa.
This is our first microgravity campaign completely supported by grants of University of Brighton (EPSRC – HyHP and ESA MAP).
We have the great pleasure to have with us Dr. Sue Horne , Head of Exploration at UK Space Agency (Pic. 2).
You can be updated about our campaign also from our Facebook page.

67th and 68th PFC: Update

HyHP Project: 67th Parabolic Flight Campaign. A pre-flight check of the system in full operation. Everything works fine!

Photos from the inside of the A310 Zero-G.

    

Press here for a little guided walk-through of the outside of the A310 Zero-G.

 

And here for a guided walk-through of the inside of Novespace’s A310 Zero-G flying lab in flight configuration!

 

Stay tuned for more updates!

67th and 68th ESA Parabolic Flight Campaigns

Our modular experimental rack is ready for the upcoming 67th and 68th ESA Parabolic Flight Campaigns. Two different PHP Configurations, a single loop PHP and our Space PHP configuration are going to be thermally characterized during microgravity and hyper gravity slots. Synchronized high speed and IR imaging is going to be utilized in addition to the thermal characterization measurements in both cases. The rack and both experiments have passed the technical inspection from Novespace and all equipment have been loaded to a van and are currently travelling to Bordeaux for the final before flight arrangements.

Our modular rack can be seen in the back, loaded with the space PHP configuration in the Multiphase Thermofluids Laboratory in the Advanced Engineering Centre of University of Brighton. The Single loop PHP experimental cell can be seen in the front, placed on a table (Fig. 1).

Fig. 1

View of the in-flight configuration of the modular rack, loaded with the Space PHP experimental cell (Figs. 2 and 3).

Fig. 2

Fig. 3

Loading the rack and additional equipment to a van in order to start our new microgravity experience  (Figs. 4- 7).

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Stay tuned for more updates during and after the completion of the two parabolic flight campains.

British Science Festival

The event took place at Brighton Palace Pier on Friday 8th of September 2017. The research team of HyHP engaged with the general public and discussed with individuals the particulars of their research regarding the thermofluidic behavior of closed loop passive heat transfer devices in microgravity (at a level suitable for general public) and inspire the visitors to experience the same as astronauts or PFC experimenters (albeit at different levels of duration and g values) in the roller coaster and discussed afterwards with the “crew” about their experience. So, it was all about inspiration and fun.

The 66th ESA Parabolic Flight Campaign starts!

The new experimental rack, built at the University of Brighton for 0 g missions, is travelling now to Bordeaux for the 66th ESA Parabolic Flight Campaign with two staff on board and two technicians.

This is the first UoB mission in microgravity with our own modular rack!

Photographs of the mission’s preparation can be found: http://blogs.brighton.ac.uk/hyhp/image-gallery/ ‎

You can also visit the youtube channel of the Project

LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/hp/update/6267035368248352768

and Facebook pages of Prof. Marengo:

https://www.facebook.com/events/319063841865821/

Moreover we are going to prepare a media coverage during the flight week from 16th May.

Keep tuned!