DIT Telescobe experiment launch on REXUS 11 a success

The DIT Telescobe experiment was successfully launched on Friday 16th November from Esrange Space Centre in Northern Sweden, from where it traveled to an altitude of just over 80 km.  The DIT Space Research team reported that the Telescobe boom system was successfully deployed and data for assessing the performance of the boom during the flight has been retrieved from the experiment's computer system. According to Stephen Curran, Telescobe Team Leader, “Data analysis is ongoing, but initial results suggest that the boom system performed extremely well.” 


Picture of the deployed boom taken from the Telescobe module during the flight

Dr. Marek Rebow said he was delighted with the success of the experiment. “We are very proud of our postgraduate researchers who could  accomplish this space project and at the same time conduct their own research.  Our next even more ambitious goal will be to build and launch the first Irish micro-satellite as part of QB50 consortium led by Von Karman Institute, ESA and NASA.”


The fully assembled REXUS 11 payload

On behalf of the team Stephen thanked the many people who had assisted them in the endeavour.  He said “The realisation of this project would not have been possible without the support of a large number of people and organisations. Therefore I would like to thank all of the following in DIT -  Dr. Marek Rebow, Dr. Mike Murphy, Robert Simpson and the School of Mechanical and Transport Engineering, John Lawlor and the School of Manufacturing and Design Engineering and Eugene Coyle, Michael Conlon and the School of Electrical Engineering Systems for all of their encouragement and support.”

Stephen also thanked students Sean Ludlow, Keelan Keogh, Ronan Byrne, Karl Hand, Gavin Whelan and Richard McEvoy for the work they put into the Telescobe experiment as part of their final year projects; Dr. Mark Wylie, who was instrumental in getting the project off the ground and was the first Telescobe team leader; “and Dinesh Vather, Johnalan Keegan and Paul Duffy who all put in an enormous amount of work, sacrificed a huge amount and were instrumental to the success of the project.”


The Telescobe experiment module

The Telescobe team is also extremely grateful to the following organisations for their support:

  • The European Space Agency (ESA), German Aerospace Centre (DLR), Swedish National Space Board (SNSB) and the Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) for providing the opportunity to participate in the REXUS program.
  • Enterprise Ireland, Acra Control and ESERO Ireland for their financial contribution to the Telescobe project.
  • FDS Worldwide Express for their excellent shipping service, transporting the Telescobe experiment module to numerous test facilities around Europe, all free of charge.

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