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The general experiment idea is to investigate whether a micro-sized glider, which is released into near-space conditions, can pass through free fall and transition into stable flight. Furthermore, we want to investigate the trajectory of a micro-sized glider to evaluate its use as an experiment platform.

A sounding rocket shall bring the glider, which is placed under the nose cone, into near space altitude. When the nose cone is detached, the transportation mount shall unlock and release the glider. The glider shall pass through free fall and transition into stable flight using its purely passive self-stabilizing properties without any active control.

To be able to gather data supporting our objectives, we plan to constantly transfer position, attitude as well as environmental data.

The gathered data shall be used to provide a proof of concept for a glider that can enter and hold a stable flight. Furthermore, it can be used to renew the glider’s design to carry another experiment and therefore prolong the experiment’s time in high altitudes.

Our experiment’s objectives are as follows:

  1. Transport a glider with a sounding rocket to near space altitude (~80 km) and release it.
  2. Transition from high speed vacuum ambient conditions (free fall from near space altitude) to stable flight on its own after the release, proceeding to the ground in a spiral motion, i.e. circling.
  3. Assure safe transportation of the glider while inside the rocket.
  4. Communicate with the glider before the release.
  5. Transmit data from the glider and power the glider electronics during flight.
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