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).
View of the in-flight configuration of the modular rack, loaded with the Space PHP experimental cell (Figs. 2 and 3).
Loading the rack and additional equipment to a van in order to start our new microgravity experience (Figs. 4- 7).
Stay tuned for more updates during and after the completion of the two parabolic flight campains.