What is FARGO
With our new ferrofluid project FARGO (Ferrofluid Application Research Goes Orbital), we were successful in the DLR’s Überflieger2 selection workshop. As one of 4 projects, we are now able to operate FARGO on the ISS, probably at the end of 2022 or beginning of 2023. The experiment is divided into 3 sub-experiments: two different switches, one electrical and one thermal switch, as well as a attitude control concept. Ferrofluids are liquids consisting of a carrier liquid, in most cases an oil, and magnetic particles suspended and coated in it. Research with ferrofluids already has a tradition of several years at Ksat. With our experiment PAPELL (Pump Application using Pulsed Electromagnets for Liquid reLocation), we were already able to prevail in the Überfleger 1 competition, and thus demonstrate the basis of a pump technology using ferrofluid on the ISS in 2018. In order to be able to investigate the effects and applications in realistic space conditions, the ferrofluid applications are being further developed within the KSat project for the ISS mission. For this purpose, a team of 21 members has been formed, supported by 2 IRS PhD students.
Fly Your Name to Space [on FARGO]
We enable YOU to fly your name to the ISS with us!
Motivation and interesting facts about our project
Überflieger 2 Programm
The “Überflieger” competition, offered by the DLR, offers students the opportunity to design their own experiment and run it on the ISS. In the first Überflieger or “high-flyer” challenge, KSat has already prevailed with a concept and was thus able to successfully test its “PAPELL” experiment on the ISS. With the data and results obtained, the FARGO team has now been able to develop further experiments and design promising prototypes. With these, the team applied for the “Überflieger2” challenge. The best proposals are then selected by experts from all applications in order to present their experimental ideas at a selection workshop at DLR Space Administration in Bonn. In addition, the teams have the opportunity to follow the rocket launch of their own experiment on site after completion. With this year’s applications, we hope to be able to send them on a trip to the ISS as early as next year.