Hardware Development, Preparation, and Execution of the “Group Combustion” Experiment – as the First Combustion Experiment in KIBO –

DOI:10.15011//jasma.36.360302
Int. J. Microgravity Sci. Appl. 2019p360302
Author
M. KIKUCHI and Y. KAN
Organization
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
Abstract
The Group Combustion experiment was performed on the orbit from September 2016 to July 2017, as the first combustion experiment in Kibo. For the on-orbit experiment, the Group Combustion Experiment Module (GCEM) was developed by JAXA. Main components of the GCEM was launched by the HTV-5 in August 2015. Through the preparation of the experiment, there were several technical challenges as well as unexpected difficulties including the loss of the camera units of the experimental apparatus by the launch failure of SpX-7 mission. In addition, the on-orbit experiment faced multiple technical issues during the operation. The user integration (UI) team and the investigators conquered such issues one by one, with close cooperation and ingenuity. As a result, acquisition of experimental data that are beyond expectation was achieved. In this review, various efforts for development of the experimental apparatus as well as the efforts on preparation and execution of the on-orbit experiment are introduced.
Keyword(s)
Group combustion, Droplets combustion, Flame spread, GCEM, Microgravity
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Received 14 June 2019, accepted 8 July 2019, published 31 July 2019

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