Vanguard is the third mission that is being conducted within the Technology Demonstrator Platform (TDP) series of rocket and balloon experiments at Technische Universität Müchen (TUM). The first two missions were conducted during the 7th cycle of the REXUS/BEXUS program in 2013/2014 (see here and here for details about those missions). This third mission is part of the 9th cycle and is slated to be launched into the stratosphere aboard the BEXUS 22 research balloon in October 2016.
So what is the REXUS/BEXUS program? RXBX is an educational program administered by the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the Swedish National Space Board (SNSB), and the European Space Agency (ESA). It provides university students the opportunity to design, build, and fly their own experiments aboard sounding rockets and research balloons. Experts from the agencies help the student teams during all stages of the design and implementation process. Find out more about the program here and in the video below:
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We are a group of students from E18 SDS, the MOVE-II nanosatellite team, and WARR. Vanguard combines a physics experiment, which was developed during the TDP-1 AFIS-P mission, with a new set of data handling and communication electronics designed for the MOVE-II satellite. During the next two weeks, we will post more detailed blogs about the technical and scientific objectives of Vanguard, the instruments, and our team.
Stay tuned to learn more about us soon!