MORABA - Suborbital Space Flight with Research Rockets and Balloons
Areas of Application
The investigation of biological, physical and physiological processes in microgravity is an important subject for current research. The findings are used to better understand our world.
Parabolic flights with unmanned rockets are a comparably cost-efficient option for generating microgravity for longer periods. The largest and most powerful of them reach altitudes of up to 800 km, with approximately 14 minutes of microgravity.
With coordination from the national space agency (DLR Space Administration) and under the direction of the German Aerospace Center, international rocket and balloon projects are planned and implemented by MORABA, working closely with project scientists and the participating industry.
A suitable launch site is selected in accordance with the scientific goals. It is upgraded or, if necessary, fully equipped with the help of MORABA's mobile infrastructure (e.g. launch ramp, telemetry receiving and trajectory tracking stations).
Converted, military or conventional rocket engines and all the required mechanical and electrical support systems are developed, manufactured and provided by MORABA. Stability, performance and trajectory calculations are made for the launch of these rockets in order to ensure firstly the safety of the general public and all those involved and secondly the success of the mission.
- Support for national and international rocket and balloon experiments with preparation and implementation of scientific missions in the fields of:
- Atmospheric research, astronomy, magnetic field research, geophysics, atmospheric physics and chemistry
- Material sciences, biology and physics (3 to 15 minutes of microgravity conditions)
- Test platform for hypersonic research, Mach 7–12 (TPS, Scramjet)
- Testing of new experiments and technologies for satellite projects and the international space station (ISS)
- Development of launch systems using military surplus and commercial rocket motors
- Development and engineering of new mechanical and electronical systems for use in sounding rockets (usually not available on the commercial market)
- Operation of mobile radar and ground RF stations for satellite missions