May 22, 2024 6:18 pm
IPN to Join NASA Mission with Experimental Ship in Stratosphere

The National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) is set to embark on a suborbital mission to the stratosphere, in collaboration with NASA. This marks the first time the IPN will be involved in such a mission, which is scheduled to depart from Antarctica at the end of December and January. Invited by NASA and the United States National Science Foundation, the IPN will join the mission with its experimental module aboard a ship departing from McMurdo Base in Antarctica.

Leading this project is Mario Alberto Mendoza Bárcenas, a researcher at the Aerospace Development Center (CDA) of IPN. He explained that the special mission FY25 with Emidss-6 will involve a trajectory of one revolution around the Earth in 15 days using super-pressure balloons. One of the objectives of this mission is to develop instrumentation to identify contaminants such as microplastics, capture images related to altitude during the ascent of the platform to its maximum floating point, and characterize stratospheric environment in low latitudes using Mexican aerospace technology.

The unique atmospheric circulation pattern over Antarctica allows for constant altitude for a longer period, enabling Emidss-6 module to collect data on environmental variables through sensors monitoring humidity, temperature, relative humidity, and ultraviolet radiation with commercial-grade devices. In July, Emidss-6 payload underwent strict technical and electromagnetic compatibility evaluations by NASA experts to ensure it meets standards. The mission’s team consists of experts from IPN as well as Institutes of Applied Sciences and Technology and Engineering at National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Western Institute of Technology and Higher Studies (ITESM), Molina Center for Energy and Environment (CEEME).

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