DESC - Free Falling Machine

The Free Falling Machine (FFM) simulation is based on the hypothesis developed by Dr. Dick Mesland, that systems might experience the FFM as a continuous free fall condition if the gravity perception time of the system is shorter than the intermediate period of 20-80 ms of 20 × gravity. Systems might have 'gravity sensitive windows'. The working principle of a FFM is exactly the same as that of a parabolic aircraft only the time courses are different.

Facility characteristics:

  • The FFM is accommodated in a temperature-controlled incubator ranging from +4 to +40°C.
  • Cycle time: maximum 900 ms, reverse time 20-80 ms. Total free fall time is 86 to 98%.
  • Experiment time could be up to several days
  • PC user interface with dedicated control software
  • On line data collection of facility performance
  • Operational modes: free fall and free fall with 1 × g centrifuge
  • Control experiment with same interfaces may be placed in same environment
  • Experiment interfaces: Switchable 5 / 12 volt power line, maximum experiment mass to be accommodated 2 × 750 gram. Maximum experiment dimensions: 80 ×150 × 60 mm (h×w×d)

Last update: 23 January 2012

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