2013 – Back to the future!

Dear Friends, join in! This blog is for you! It makes you participate at an adventure in weightlessness in the lofty heights above the Atlantic Ocean.

Intro: Our crew of scientists named “Flash&Splash” is honored to fly with the European Space Agency ESA aboard parabolic flights. Mimicking the trajectory of a roller-coaster, these flights produce weightlessness, just as experienced by astronauts, but limited to intervals of 22 seconds, which are cumulated to 11 minutes per flight day. On three flight days (4-6 June 2013) we analyze the collapse of super-spherical bubbles in water – a fascinating topic of scientific debate with modern applications ranging from clean energy production to non-intrusive medicine. The flights also offer plenty of fun: floating, spinning, and dancing without gravity! Here we share the best moments of science, action, and culinary highlights in the French countryside!

This years’ flight crew consists of Mohamed Farhat, Philippe Kobel, Nicolas Dorsaz, Marc Tinguely and Christophe Praz from the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), and Danail Obreschkow from the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) at the Universilty of Western Australia (UWA).

Today, the parabolic flight campaign 2013 officially started with the move of our experimental setup – a 250kg beast (see picture) – from Switzerland to Bordeaux in West France. While Mohamed and Danail hit the road with this beast in the boot, the others flew to Bordeaux to inaugurate our legendary villa. Pool, sauna, and outdoor BBQ included!

Yours truly, Danail for Flash&Splash

Last Updated (Tuesday, 28 May 2013 23:22)

 
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