The MPE parable flight team.
Parable Flights in Bordeaux
At a three-day parable flight campaign in Bordeaux, the MPE group
Theory and Complex Plasmas carried out the experiment "Fast PK-3 Plus",
which is supposed to complement the tests on the International Space
Station (ISS): With the aid of a new data entry system, which is able
to record up to 1000 pictures per second, very fast effects in complex
plasmas can be studied.
In particular waves were studied, which on the one hand are externally
stirred and on the other hand arise by themselves in the system.
Moreover the transition into a state ordered by electrical fields was
studied. Finally the team examined the formation of particle tracks,
which are injected into a particle cloud, and of bubble fluids.
This was the first time that the MPE participated at a parable flight
with this high-speed experiment. The flights are carried out regularly,
about once or twice per year, by the DLR, and additionally also by ESA.
Besides Fast PK-3 Plus also hardware tests for the experiment PK-4,
planned for the Space Station, were made.
All in all, the parable flight campaign went well for the MPE: The hardware
worked perfectly, and with the exception of some small accidents at the
first parable all experiments could be carried out as planned. In the next
weeks the collected data will be analysed.