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IPN to Join NASA Mission with Experimental Ship in Stratosphere


Mar 25, 2024

The National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) will participate in its first suborbital mission to the stratosphere with the Emidds-6 (Experimental Module for the Iterative Design of Satellite Subsystems version 6). The mission will be carried out in collaboration with NASA and the United States National Science Foundation, with the flight departing from Antarctica. This mission is scheduled for the end of December and January, departing from McMurdo Base on Ross Island near New Zealand.

Led by Mario Alberto Mendoza B├írcenas, 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). This 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 the collection of valuable data. The module will record environmental variables using sensors to measure humidity, temperature, relative humidity, and ultraviolet radiation.

In July, the Emidss-6 module will undergo technical and electromagnetic compatibility evaluations by NASA experts to ensure compliance with standards. The mission will involve experts from the IPN, the Institutes of Applied Sciences and Technology and Engineering at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, the Western Institute of Technology and Higher Studies, and the Molina Center for Energy and Environment.

Overall, the mission will focus on the characterization of the stratospheric environment in low latitudes using Mexican aerospace technology, positioning IPN as a key player in cutting-edge research and scientific exploration.

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