Student team selected for 'Drop Your Thesis!' 2010

Interior of the drop tower
11 May 2010

The BubJet team has been selected to develop and perform their microgravity experiment during ESA’s 2nd 'Drop Your Thesis' campaign.

This programme gives selected university students the opportunity to develop – as part of their research programme or Masters / PhD thesis - an experiment to be carried out during a series of drops at the ZARM drop tower in Bremen, Germany.

After careful evaluation of the experiment proposals, a review board comprising experts from ESA’s Education Office, ESA’s Directorate of Human Spaceflight, ZARM-FABmbH and ELGRA (European Low Gravity Research Association) finally selected the following experiment proposal: Bubble Jet Impingement in Microgravity Conditions.

ZARM Drop Tower in Bremen

BubJet, a team of three students from Polytechnic University of Catalonia, in Spain, proposed an experiment which aims at studying the impingement of two bubble jets in microgravity and the effect of modifying the separation distance between jets. The smaller weight and more efficient thermal control of these multiphase systems make them more appealing for space applications such as thermal control, propulsion, solid waste management or water recovery.

The second 'Drop Your Thesis' campaign is scheduled to take place in October 2010 and will last for three weeks. During the preparation of the experiment, the student team will be supported by ESA's Education Office and ZARM engineers.

This opportunity complements other gravity research opportunities offered by ESA’s Education Office, such as 'Fly Your Thesis! - An Astronaut Experience', 'Spin Your Thesis!' and Rocket EXperiments for University Students (REXUS - collaboration with the German Aerospace Center DLR and the Swedish National Space Board SNSB).

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