IPN to Launch First Suborbital Mission from Antarctica with NASA to Study Stratospheric Contaminants

IPN to Join NASA Mission with Experimental Ship in Stratosphere

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The National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) will embark on its first suborbital mission to the stratosphere with the Emidds-6 (Experimental Module for the Iterative Design of Satellite Subsystems version 6) in collaboration with NASA and the United States National Science Foundation. The mission will be carried out from Antarctica, and it is scheduled for the end of December and January.

Led by Mario Alberto Mendoza Bárcenas, a researcher at the Aerospace Development Center (CDA) of IPN, Emidss-6 will be on a special mission FY25 trajectory aboard super-pressure balloons (SPB). This trajectory will enable identification of contaminants, specifically microplastics in the stratosphere, through image capture and environmental data collection during the balloon’s flight to its maximum floating point.

Due to the presence of a persistent high-pressure system known as the polar vortex over Antarctica, Emidds-6 module will maintain a constant altitude for an extended period while collecting valuable data. The module will record environmental variables using sensors to measure humidity, temperature, relative humidity, and ultraviolet radiation.

In July, Emidss-6 underwent technical and electromagnetic compatibility evaluations by NASA experts to ensure compliance with standards. The mission involved experts from IPN, 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 from UNAM.

Overall, this mission aims to characterize low latitude stratospheric environment using Mexican aerospace technology positioning IPN as a key player in cutting-edge research and scientific exploration.

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