Published: 2. June 2016 by: Kolbjørn Blix

The upcoming “Imp. Malemute Qualification (IM QUAL) with the MaxiDusty Payload (MXD)” campaign

The top section of the two MaxiDusty payloads getting prepared at the Space Systems dept. at Andøya Space Center

The top section of the two MaxiDusty payloads getting prepared at the Space Systems dept. at Andøya Space Center

The Improved Malemute Qualification mission with the two Maxi DustyPayloads 1 & 1b combines two main objectives in a collaborative effort by DLR MORABA and ASC. The vehicle side qualifies a new sounding rocket vehicle which shall be made available to the scientific community. The science side will contain a diverse set of newly developed probes and instruments leading to this becoming the most complete campaign to date to examine cloud formation in the Earth’s middle atmosphere (mesosphere). The majority of the dust/aerosol instruments are developed at UiT, The Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø, while most of the plasma instruments are engineered at the University of Oslo. The two payloads host guest Instruments from USA, Sweden and Austria. The flights will be supported by radar and lidar, particularly from the ALOMAR Observatory at Andøya Space Center. In addition to the Norwegian researchers, the scientific team also comprises colleagues from Sweden, Germany, Austria, UK and USA.

DLR MORABA supports the scientific objectives of the MaxiDusty 1 and 1b payloads by offering a flight opportunity atop the first two qualification launches of the Improved Malemute rocket vehicle and is responsible for the rocket motor system and its diagnostics. ASC manages the technical part of the scientific payloads as well as the range operations. The MaxiDusty -1 and MaxiDusty-1b payloads are built and qualified by the Space Systems dept. at ASC.

The launch operation will be conducted from Andøya Space Center between June 24th and July 11th 2016, 1100-1600 LT.