The research will be carried out using a two-stage rocket (S31 /Improved Orion).
Two identical payloads will be launched in this period into geo-magnetically opposite conditions to study the atmospheric band airglow.
Early morning on October 2 at 05:39 UTC, a successful launch of the O-STATES payload took place from Esrange Space Center. The rocket reached an altitude of 246 km and the impact took place east of the village of Pulsujärvi inside Esrange Impact area. The scientists have received data and are now starting the process of analyzing it.
The recovery begins as soon as the weather permits. The area is currently overcast with poor visibility and snowfall. Before Next launch, the payload will be refurbished. The plan is to launch the payload again in about10 days
SSC is contracted for the mission
SSC is in addition providing
P.I. is Prof. Jörg Gumbel from the Department of Meteorology at Stockholm University (MISU)
The Department of Meteorology at Stockholm University (MISU), Institute of Space Systems at Stuttgart University (IRS) and Technical University Graz (TUG) are providing the scientific instruments.
|Launch site||Esrange Space Center|
|Launch date||First launch of payload on|
October 2 at 05:39 UTCThe second launch of payload on
October 20 at 14:09 UTC
|Rocket type||S31 / Improved Orion|
|~ 205 kg|
|Apogee||~ 240 km|
Krister Sjölander, Project manager, (SSC)
Mark Smith, Project Manager for the launch facilities (SSC)