IPN Embarks on Suborbital Mission to Stratosphere with Emidds-6: Pioneering Scientific Discovery Through Innovative Technological Collaboration

IPN to Join NASA Mission with Experimental Ship in Stratosphere

The National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) is set to embark on its first suborbital mission to the stratosphere with the Emidds-6 (Experimental Module for the Iterative Design of Satellite Subsystems version 6). The mission, carried out in collaboration with NASA and the United States National Science Foundation, will depart from Antarctica, specifically McMurdo Base on Ross Island near New Zealand.

Led by Mario Alberto Mendoza Bárcenas, a researcher at the Aerospace Development Center (CDA) of IPN, the Emidss-6 module will be on a special trajectory FY25 aboard super-pressure balloons (SPB). This trajectory will allow for the identification of contaminants, specifically microplastics in the stratosphere, through image capture and environmental data collection during the balloon’s flight to its maximum floating point.

Due to the presence of a persistent high-pressure system known as the polar vortex over Antarctica, the Emidds-6 module will be able to maintain a constant altitude for an extended period. During this time, it will record environmental variables using sensors to measure humidity, temperature, relative humidity, and ultraviolet radiation. These data points will provide valuable insights into stratospheric conditions at low latitudes.

In July 2023, IPN experts along with experts from other institutions such as Institutes of Applied Sciences and Technology and Engineering at National Autonomous University of Mexico and Western Institute of Technology and Higher Studies collaborated together to evaluate technical and electromagnetic compatibility aspects of Emidss-6 module with NASA specialists. This ensures that all standards are met before launching.

Overall, this mission highlights IPN’s position as a key player in cutting-edge research and scientific exploration while contributing significantly towards understanding our planet’s atmosphere in detail.

The National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) is set to embark on its first suborbital mission to the stratosphere with the Emidds-6 (Experimental Module for the Iterative Design of Satellite Subsystems version 6). The mission, carried out in collaboration with NASA and the United States National Science Foundation, will depart from Antarctica, specifically McMurdo Base on Ross…

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