Phoenix roll experiments successful

In a total of nine experiments with speeds of up to 40 meters per second, the roll behavior of Phoenix, the 1:7 model of a possible future European space transporter, has been tested in Lemwerder, Germany, over the past few days. EADS Space Transportation, Bremen, is the prime contractor responsible for developing, constructing and testing Phoenix.

Bremen-based space technology company OHB-System AG is primarily involved in developing and integrating the on-board navigation system and implementing the sensory system for taking measurements during the testing phase. A total of 130 sensors are used to collect a wide range of valuable data. The testing team is very satisfied with the results. Says Dr. Rolf Janovsky, OHB project manager for Phoenix: "The test was very successful, with all targets achieved without exception."

After the successful completion of these experiments, preparations for what is known as "Captive Flight" are commencing. Planned for the end of March in Sweden, this will be followed by the first real test flight in May.

"We are pleased that following these successful roll experiments we have completed a further step towards achieving the goal of building a European space glider," said Prof. Manfred Fuchs, CEO of OHB-System AG.

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