Mon. Jun 17th, 2024
IPN to Join NASA Mission with Experimental Ship in Stratosphere

The National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) is set to embark on its first suborbital mission to the stratosphere with the Emidds-6 (Experimental Module for the Iterative Design of Satellite Subsystems version 6). This mission will be carried out in collaboration with NASA and the United States National Science Foundation, with the flight departing from Antarctica.

Led by Mario Alberto Mendoza Bárcenas, a researcher at the Aerospace Development Center (CDA) of the IPN, the Emidss-6 module will be on a special mission FY25 trajectory aboard super-pressure balloons (SPB). The trajectory will allow for the identification of contaminants, specifically microplastics in the stratosphere, through image capture and environmental data collection during the balloon’s flight to its maximum floating point.

Due to the presence of a persistent high-pressure system known as the polar vortex over Antarctica, the Emidds-6 module will be able to maintain a constant altitude for an extended period, allowing for valuable data collection. The module will record environmental variables using sensors to measure humidity, temperature, relative humidity, and ultraviolet radiation.

In July, experts from IPN and other institutions underwent technical and electromagnetic compatibility evaluations by NASA experts to ensure compliance with standards. The mission involves experts from various Mexican universities and research institutions such as IPN’s Institutes of Applied Sciences and Technology and Engineering at Mexico’s National Autonomous University; Western Institute of Technology and Higher Studies; and Molina Center for Energy and Environment.

The focus of this mission is on characterizing low latitude stratospheric environments using Mexican aerospace technology. This achievement positions IPN as a key player in cutting-edge research and scientific exploration.

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