GAS in space!

On December 3rd 2018, at Vandenberg US Air Force launch facility in California USA, a Falcon 9 Rocket lifted off successfully to deliver a payload into Earth orbit.
The payload was the Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V (DLR) Euglena Combined Regenerative Organic Food Production in Space (Eu:CROPIS) research satellite. This was the conclusion of another Gomolzig milestone in our long history in Aerospace, now Space! Airships to Satellite and all in between!
This launch was …

The Eu:CROPIS, SATELLITE

On December 3rd 2018, at Vandenberg US Air Force launch facility in California USA, a Falcon 9 Rocket lifted off successfully to deliver a payload into Earth orbit.
The payload was the Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V (DLR) Euglena Combined Regenerative Organic Food Production in Space (Eu:CROPIS) research satellite. This was the conclusion of another Gomolzig milestone in our long history in Aerospace, now Space! Airships to Satellite and all in between!
This launch was the culmination of many years of hard work by the Gomolzig Team. In 2015 DLR awarded Gomolzig with the manufacture of the main Satellite structure. The structure has to protect the internal components during the high G loads, a full frequency range of vibrations, zero pressure and many other dynamic parameters of launch and operations.
The outer skin has to provide protection from the impact of Micro Particles; these are low mass particles whilst travelling at high velocities impart high energy on impact.
The structure has to be strong and light so is manufactured from aluminium. The design, prototyping and pre-production test structures were all subjected to a rigorous testing program, which was successfully completed. In 2016 Gomolzig was given the go ahead to manufacture the production structure for this important space mission.

In full cooperation with DLR and compliance with a very high quality standard, work commenced. Production of sheet metal parts and the complex assembly were carried out at our Schwelm facility. On completion, the structure was delivered to DLR.
Eu:CROPIS stands for Euglena Combined Regenerative Organic Food Production in Space. Euglena (Eu) is an Oxygen producing microbe. The aim of the research is to give astronauts access to fresh fruit and vegetables while on long duration missions, potentially leading to the assembly of Greenhouses in Lunar or Martian habitats.
The satellite basically is carrying two German manufactured greenhouses to simulate the growing conditions in space of the gravities, first of Lunar and then the Martian, while Tomato seeds germinate.
The Eu:CROPIS satellite will be in a low-Earth orbit of 600 km and will rotate around its own axis to produce the required gravitational effects.
The participation in this extraordinary project has demonstrated Gomolzig Aircraft Services depth of knowledge and experience in lightweight metal structures has placed us amongst the Stars.
We should all be very proud of the success of this project and mission and special thanks to all those people directly involved.
For more Information refer to DLR Website. All pictures are © by Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V..

Your GOMOLZIG Team.
December, 2018

 

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