Yesterday, the micro pumps from Bartels Mikrotechnik (www.micro-components.com; Dortmund, Germany) arrived at the University of Strathclyde. The pumps have the purpose to act as an actuator element for the Self-inflating Adaptive Membrane (SAM) for the REXUS sounding rocket experiment StrathSat-R. SAM consists of two layers of inflatable spheres. By changing the pressure between two adjacent cells, the shape of the entire membrane can be changed.
Next week the team will travel to Kiruna (Sweden) for the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) of the sounding rocket experiment. The workshop and review is held by the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the Swedish National Space Board (SNSB) and the European Space Agency (ESA).