Published: 8. July 2016 by: Trond Abrahamsen

Second Launch of Improved Malemute

ASC and DLR’s MORABA (Mobile Rocket Base) have completed the second qualification flight of the Improved Malemute rocket motor.

It was a successful flight and again the first results show that the vehicle performed nominal and reached an apogee of approximately 117 km.

The Improved Malemute was flown for the second time in a single stage three-fin configuration. The motor is owned and operated by DLR MORABA which also developed and provided the vehicle flight hardware. The stabilizing fins on the vehicle were designed and manufactured in DLR’s department for Space System Integration and comprised carbon-fibre lightweight technology. The qualification of this motor and hardware was the primary goal of the mission and the second successful flight concludes this effort and now provides a powerful research platform to the scientific community.

The scientific payload on this flight was the MaxiDusty 1b. Equipped with instruments designed to investigate various phenomena related to dust particles in the Middle Atmosphere. The principal investigator is Ove Havnes from the University of Tromsø. The scientific payload was designed and built by Andøya Space Center and included instruments from University of Tromsø, University of Oslo, Graz University of Technology, University of Alberta, University of Colorado, Stockholm University and University of Leeds.

The scientific mission was supported by ground based soundings from the Maarsy Radar.

The qualification mission was supported by the tracking of two Radar stations, one from ASC and one from DLR MORABA with combined operating teams. The on-board data has been received from ASC ground based telemetry stations.

MaxiDusty 1b payload attached to an Improved Malemute motor on the ASC U3 launcher.

MaxiDusty 1b payload attached to an Improved Malemute motor on the ASC U3 launcher.

MaxiDusty 1b payload attached to an Improved Malemute motor on the ASC U3 launcher.

MaxiDusty 1b payload attached to an Improved Malemute motor on the ASC U3 launcher.

MaxiDusty 1b payload attached to an Improved Malemute motor on the ASC U3 launcher.

MaxiDusty 1b payload attached to an Improved Malemute motor on the ASC U3 launcher.

MaxiDusty 1b payload attached to an Improved Malemute motor on the ASC U3 launcher.

MaxiDusty 1b payload attached to an Improved Malemute motor on the ASC U3 launcher.

MaxiDusty 1b payload attached to an Improved Malemute motor on the ASC U3 launcher.

MaxiDusty 1b payload attached to an Improved Malemute motor on the ASC U3 launcher.

Lift-off of the MaxiDusty 1b payload with an Improved Malemute motor.

Lift-off of the MaxiDusty 1b payload with an Improved Malemute motor.

Lift-off of the MaxiDusty 1b payload with an Improved Malemute motor.

Lift-off of the MaxiDusty 1b payload with an Improved Malemute motor.

Lift-off of the MaxiDusty 1b payload with an Improved Malemute motor.

Lift-off of the MaxiDusty 1b payload with an Improved Malemute motor.

MaxiDusty 1b payload attached to an Improved Malemute motor on the ASC U3 launcher.

MaxiDusty 1b payload attached to an Improved Malemute motor on the ASC U3 launcher.

MPS36 Radar Crew

The ASC / DLR MORABA crew of the MPS36 during the launch campaign.

Radar Crew

The DLR MORABA crew of the DLR tracking radar