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Payload 10 Information

Payload Flight Number:

2017 - 10

University of Houston
Payload Title:

SORA – Stratospheric Organisms and Radiation Analyzer

Student Leader:
  • Samuel A. Garcia Morelos
  • Physics
  • University of Houston
  • 25915 Pepper Bend Lane
  • Katy,Texas 77494
  • Email:samuel.morelos@gmail.com
  • Cell:(502) 649-5995
Faculty Advisor:
  • Dr. Andrew Renshaw
  • Physics
  • University of Houston
  • SR1 406B
  • Houston, Texas 77204
  • Email:arenshaw@central.uh.edu
  • Office:(713) 743-0925
  • Cell:(909) 721-3970
Payload class:
Payload ID Number:
3.9 kg
733 mA
Serial Commands:
Discrete Commands:
Payload Specification & Integration Plan
Due: 06/23/2017
Payload Integration Certification
Scheduled: 08/04/2017
Flight Operation Plan
Due: 07/28/2017
Final Flight / Science Report
Due: 12/08/2017
The SORA payload will sample for the existence of microorganisms and bacterial spores in the upper atmosphere. The payload will also analyze different aspects of the surrounding environment such as radiation exposure, temperature, pressure and humidity. The payload has three main scientific objectives. First, design and build a novel system that will isolate surrounding air and sample for cells. Second, onboard sensors will analyze exposure to solar and cosmic radiation that microorganisms may encounter. Finally, monitor the environmental conditions such as temperature, pressure, and humidity. Furthermore, the design will employ additive manufacturing and hobby electronics in its construction to provide an accessible basis for future missions and explore the bounds of the technology available.
Payload Application:

Payload Integration Plan:

Science Report:

Monthly Briefings: