Mexico’s First Suborbital Mission to Stratosphere: IPN’s Emidds-6 Flies to Maximum Flying Point with NASA, NSF in Collaboration

IPN to Join NASA Mission with Experimental Ship in Stratosphere

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

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

The presence of a persistent high-pressure system known as the polar vortex over Antarctica will allow Emidss-6 to maintain a constant altitude for an extended period, enabling it to collect valuable data on environmental variables such as 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 and several other institutions such as 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, among others.

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

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