Welcome to R2C2

We develop an all new concept for balloon navigation that is based on chaff cloud disposal and tracking.

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About Us

The R2C2 (Radar Recognition of Chaff Clouds in the stratosphere) experiment concerns the navigation of high altitude aerostatic balloons. To navigate such balloons, it is critical to know which wind directions are available in the close vicinity of the balloon and with which intensity the wind is flowing. As of now, the only possible way to determine how the wind layers are moving around the balloon is through trial and error. This means changing the altitude of the balloon in the hopes of finding a wind current that will take it in the desired direction. The primary objective of this experiment is to determine the speed and direction of the wind layers below the balloon and to analyze the gathered data in order to determine the feasibility of this method to navigate balloons at high altitude. To do this, chaff will be used. Chaff consists of small conductive metal pieces. When released mid-air it forms a “cloud” and slowly drifts away following the air currents before eventually dispersing. This chaff cloud can be tracked with a radar and by studying the dynamics of chaff clouds, the wind direction and speed can be derived, establishing an in-time wind layer model. This experiment would be focused on atmospheric research.

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Meet our team

The multinational student team behind R2C2 consists of dedicated and hard working individuals with a diversity of educational backgrounds and great work experience.

  • Space Master student, BSc. in Mechatronics and Motion Control

    Niels De Graaf

    Head of Management, Electronics Department
  • Spacecraft Design student, BSc. in Aerospace Technology Engineering

    Dani Royo Serrano

    Head of Fundings, SED Writer, Management
  • Space Master student, BSc. in Aerospace Engineering

    Aydin Nakhaee-Zadeh Gutierrez

    Head of Radar Department, System Engineering Department, Software Development
  • Space Master student, BSc. in Aerospace Engineering

    David Villegas Prados

    Head of Mechanical Department, Thermal Department, Simulations and Scientific Background
  • Space Master student, BSc. in Engineering

    Maximilian Zach

    Head of System Engineering, Outreach Department, Head of Team Building,
  • Space Master student, BSc. in Software Engineering and MSc. in Automatics and Robotics

    Guillermo Zaragoza Prous

    Head of Software Development, Electronics Department
  • Space Master student, BSc. in Aerospace Computer Science

    Maximilian Bührer

    Head of Outreach Department, Web Development
  • Spacecraft Design student

    Gustav Olofsson

    Head of Electronics Department
  • Space Master student, BSc. in Aerospace Engineering, MSc. in Aerospace Vehicle Design

    Javier Chivite Sierra

    Thermal Department
  • Spacecraft Design student, BSc. in Mechanical Engineering

    Vidhyuth Iyengar

    Mechanical Department
  • Space Master student, BSc. in Mechanical and Materials Engineering

    Adam Peter Hoehne

    Head of Thermal Department
  • Space Master student, BSc. in Aerospace Engineering

    Radhesh Sanathi

    Mechanical Department
  • Space Master student, B.E. in Electronics and Communication

    Kiran Tikare

    Electronics Department, Software Development
  • Spacecraft Design student, BSc. in Physics

    Nehir Schmid

    Past Member
  • Space Master student, BSc. in Aerospace Engineering

    Lucía Ayala Fernández

    Past Member
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it all starts with an idea.

Initial Idea
SED V1
Preliminary Design
Critical Design
Experiment Building and Testing
Integration Progress Review
Final Experiment Preparation
Launch
Data Analysis and Reporting
Results Seminar

Project

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Concept Graphics

Bexus balloon above Esrange space center.

SED version 1.0

Student Experiment Documentation

Contact us

Postal address:

Luleå University of Technology
Niels De Graaf (BOX 848)
Rymdcampus 1
98128 Kiruna (Sweden)

Headquarters:

Luleå University of Technology
Rymdcampus 1
98128 Kiruna

E-Mail

info@r2c2bexus.com

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