ROCKET REXUS 22: In March 2017, the prototype was launched from the Esrange Space Center in Kiruna, North Sweden, aboard the rocket Rexus 22, to be tested in zero gravity. The rocket followed a parabolic trajectory up to an altitude of 90 km and fell to the ground.
ISS ZERO-GRAVITY PARABOLIC FLIGHT: The cooling system will be installed on a plane which will run along 32 parabolas on a future test flight. In correspondence to the peak of each parabola, the force of gravity will be balanced by vertical traction, creating a transient state of 22 seconds of micro-gravity. During this time, we will be able to monitor the behaviour of the pulsating heat pipe.
A goal of this research is to properly prepare for systematic experimentation on the Thermal Platform1 (TP1) aboard the International Space Station and to investigate the performances of cooling systems with ordinary and innovative working fluids.