SOURCE (Stuttgart Operated University Research Cubesat for Evaluation and Education) is a 3U CubeSat of KSat and the Institute of Space Systems (IRS), to be launched in two years. Project phase C faces its end and phase D (integration) will start summer term 2021.
FerrAS is the spitiual continuation of Papell an looks at the usage of ferrofluids to find solutions for tecknical problems in space. Thus the name Ferrofluid Application Study. Various experiments will be tested in micro-gravity with the help of a sub-orbital rocket (hopefully a REXUS-rocket).
ROACH2 (Robotic in-Orbit Analysis of Cover Hulls) will be our third experiment within the DLR REXUS/BEXUS programme. The KSat/ROACH2 team has submitted an application for the REXUS 27/28 cycle.
BUBBLE (BUoyancy Balloon Bus Lifted Experiments) is our high altitude balloon program.
We provide the bus system for the gondola to fly various payloads from KSat and external payloads. The launch and recovery is organized by us.
Pump Application using Pulsed Electromagnets for Liquid reLocation(PAPELL) is an experiment to prove the basic functionality of pumps using ferrofluids in microgravitation. Ferrofluids are liquids that develop magnetic properties in magnetic fields and can thus be manipulated with magnets. The pump does not use moving mechanical parts, relying on the interaction between the ferrofluid and electromagnets. Careful activation and deactivation of the electromagnets can move ferrofluid drops through the experiment area. The experiment can show the possible future application of ferrofluid based pumps for future space projects.
With the CanSat Challenge, we want to provide a fast and easy opportunity for new students to get introduced to space projects. They will be provided with a task and have the build volume of one 0.33l can to fullfill the challenge.
Since 2014 we are working on a wide variety of projects. For our new members we regularly hold CanSat-Challenges. Our BUBBLE high-altitude-balloons fly up to 35 km into the stratosphere. Multiple of our experiments were carried to suborbital space on REXUS rockets. Our highest-flying projects even reach orbit: SOURCE is our first satellite and PAPELL successfully operated on the International Space Station.