VIPER REXUS

Sunday, 11.03.2018

In the morning, Fabian and Martin went to the Church to practice our Late Access Procedure. They hat to wear special ESD protection clothes provided bei SSC. Fabian gave instructions following a checklist, and Martin assisted by an employee of ZARM conducted the procedure. Everything worked as it was planned, but it took us 5 minutes more, so 10 minutes were added to the Late Access Procedure in the countdown timeline. After that, we had our first Flightsim Test. The teams set up their groundstations in the Science Center, and the rocket was in the launch area. Unfortunately, the Flightsim Test had to be aborted as we lost the connection to our experiment about 10 seconds after SOE. We began with an investigation, and luckily, we had a video of the broadcast of our camera in the module. We found out that we had a malfunction of the motor that seriously endangered the hardware of the experiment, so the decision to abort the Test was justified. We immediately started disassembling the module for reparation. At this point, it was not clear if we can bring the experiment to flight readiness in time…