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Payload 08 Information

Payload Flight Number:

2014 - 08

Arizona State University
Payload Title:

Maximum-Altitude Dust Aerogel Collection (M.A.D.A.C.)

Student Leader:
  • Marieta Nedyalkova
  • School of Earth and Space Exploration
  • Arizona State University
  • Tempe,AZ 85281
  • Email:etinedyalkova@gmail.com
Faculty Advisor:
  • Srikanth Saripalli
  • School of Earth and Space Exploration
  • Arizona State University
  • ISTB4-663
  • 781 E. Terrace Rd.
  • Tempe, AZ 85287
  • Email:srikanth.saripalli@asu.edu
  • Office:(480) 727-0023
  • Fax:(480) 965-8102
Payload class:
Payload ID Number:
1.373 kg
75 mA
Serial Commands:
Discrete Commands:
Payload Specification & Integration Plan
Due: 06/27/2014
Payload Integration Certification
Scheduled: 08/08/2014
Flight Operation Plan
Due: 07/31/2014
Final Flight / Science Report
Due: 12/12/2014
Maximum-Altitude Dust Aerogel Collection payload for H.A.S.P. 2014 proposes to collect cosmic dust particles and other particles from the stratosphere and safely return them to Earth of analysis. Our collection method uses a ~225cm2 aerogel block that will passively collect dust particles as they fall through the atmosphere. Our aerogel will be housed within a 3D printed plastic box with an electronically controlled lid that will open at altitude to allow the aerogel to be exposed. Because of their high velocities, comic dust particles will be trapped within the aerogel, while other particles will only settle on the surface. The box will be sealed prior to descent with an electronic latch to prevent contamination. The particles will be removed from the aerogel and subjected to imaging and elemental analysis using a scanning electron microscope. They will then be compared to known cosmic dust samples for authentication.
Payload Integration Plan:

Science Report: