MASER 14

Maser 12 launch

The MASER 14 vehicle, with its 400 kg payload, will be propelled by a VSB-30 rocket motor to an apogee of 260 km, to provide more than 6 minutes of free-fall conditions.

MASER serves as a system for performing experiments under short-duration microgravity flights, providing the scientific community with an excellent research tool and a full European access to space.

Image: Launch of MASER 12, 2013, Photo: SSC

 

General Information

Launch site
Esrange Space Center
Launch date
Scheduled for June 2019
Rocket type:
VSB-30
Nominal diameter:
557 mm, 17 inch
Apogee:
260 km

Image: MASER 13 payload recovery in 2015, photo: SSC

MASER 14 Payload

ARLES
The ARLES experiment intends to mainly study evaporating drops of pure fluids, which contain a low concentration of nanoparticles, under the influence of an electric field. The scientific objectives deal with the flow motion and the
flow instabilities occurring in the drop at the droplet interface and in the vapor phase, but also the pattern formation on the substrate after the evaporation of the volatile phase and the consequent substrates’ functionalization (nanoparticles organisation/ auto-assembly, the different compaction area in the deposit) as well as the eventual heat transfer enhancement. 
Science coordinator: Dr. D Brutin, IUSTI Université Aix-Marseille
Surface Tension Tank (STT)
Objective of the experiment: to study the drainage of a liquid from a pressurized tank equipped with a liquid surface tension and capillary system designed to collect the liquid at the outlet of the tank. 
By Space Solutions in Korea.
Asian/ European experiments
in the field of nucleation of dust

 

XRMON-GF2
This experiment aims to study the directional solidification (columnar and equiaxed dendritic growth in purely diffusive environments) of an Al-Cu system by in-situ real-time X-ray radiography. Special attention will be put on the aspect of nucleation, segregation, and impingement. The XRMON program contains a series of in-situ radiography experiments on metallurgical processes related to solidification phenomena under microgravity and terrestrial conditions. A number of experiments have already been carried out in the frame of this program (XRMON-Metal Foam on MASER 11, XRMON-diffusion on MAXUS 8, XRMON-Gradient Furnace on MASER 12, XRMON-SOL on MASER 13 and two parabolic flight campaigns with metal foams.
The objective of the STT experiment is to study the drainage of a liquid from a pressurized tank equipped
with a liquid surface tension and capillary system designed to collect the liquid at the outlet of the tank.
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Contact Persons

Gunnar Florin
SSC, Science Services Division