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Payload 09 Information

Payload Flight Number:

2019 - 09

University of Houston
Payload Title:

SORA 3 - Stratopheric Organism and Radiation Analyzer

Student Leader:
  • Reed Masek
  • Physics
  • 3014 Walnut Knoll Way
  • Houston,TX 77084
Faculty Advisor:
  • Dr. Andrew Renshaw
  • Physics
  • University of Houston
  • SR1 406B
  • Houston, TX 77204
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By learning from the methodology imposed by the previous SORA missions, the SORA 3 payload will feature improved systems to sample for extremophilic microorganisms and observe the stratospheric radiation environment. An overhauled system to capture microorganisms is being implemented by learning from what did and did not work on the previous SORA missions. Furthermore, the radiation system is expanding to include a container that will closely mimic an ISS module in terms of material structure in hopes of observing the radiation environment to which astronauts are exposed. In addition, the SORA 3 payload will implement a new system featuring organic photovoltaic cells in the interest of observing the change in performance and molecular structure of the cells as a result of prolonged exposure to intense radiation. The first two missions have established a technological foundation from which SORA 3 can expand through exploring more deeply the topics and challenges of the first missions. SORA 3 will continue to use hobby electronics to test the bounds of commercially available technology.
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