QUEST completed.

The QUEST experiment

QUEST is an experiment by students from University of Würzburg. It started with the question, how we could analyze what data should be transmitted to the ground station in missions with small bandwidth. This is a common problem especially when high-resolution images of planet surfaces need to be transferred.

We have constructed an autonomous system, which classifies ground images and marks important areas for transmission. To test the system it is flown on a high-altitude balloon in the REXUS/BEXUS program from DLR/SNSB and ESA.

During a nearly two years long development period, we could build a modular system with the ability to exchange the sensors and collect processes and transfer the data. We were guided by experts from DLR and ESA during multiple reviews all over Europe.

In the end, we stand in front of our own piece of technology ready to be launched in Esrange Space Center. As expected it was a very successful launch and we collected more than enough data to present the results on conferences.

We like to thank our sponsors and partners who made this experiment possible.

After this exciting journey, most of us finished our studies and started new projects. Some of us joined the WüSpace e.V. in its foundation phase to form a new basis for exciting space-related projects in Würzburg. For now, we build a ground station system, a rocket tracker, and a new descent mechanism.

Head over to the webpage and become a member of this ambitious student organization.

QUEST at Conferences

Our lead system engineer Ric Dengel went to the following conferences to spread our results.

June 2019

Ric Dengel at PAC

Conference Paper: QUEST ON BEXUS
Dengel, R.; N., Florschütz; V., Huber; T., Muller; J., von Pichowski; A., Rabinowitsch; et al. (2019): QUEST ON BEXUS 27. 24th ESA Symposium on European Rocket & Balloon Programmes and Related Research. Essen, Germany. Conference contribution.

3rd Symposium on Space Educational Activities

September 2019

Ric Dengel at SSEA

Conference Paper: Quad-spectral Unaided Experimental Scanner of Topography on BEXUS 27
Dengel, R.; N., Florschütz; V., Huber; T., Muller; J., von Pichowski; A., Rabinowitsch; et al. (2020): Quad-spectral Unaided Experimental Scanner of Topography on BEXUS 27. University of Leicester. Conference contribution.

We’re very grateful for your support!

The QUEST team is generously supported through the whole project with knowledge, hardware and financial sponsoring by our partners and sponsors.

After this successful launch it is time to say thanks to all of our partners and sponsors which have supported us on our journey.

University of Würzburg DLR SNSB ESA SSC ZARM EuroLaunch Mouser Electronics Inc Texas Instruments Inc Thorlabs ZARGES Leica Geosystems uduino

Read more about our success story with each of them at the Sponsors & Partners page.

Launch Campaign at Esrange Space Center, Kiruna

The launch team

During the launch campaign, we send our experiment with a high-altitude balloon around the world. We were able to collect our data sets and could successfully test the QUEST system.

Besides we got to see some exciting student projects that flow together with us. Now it’s time to analyze the data.

Experiment Acceptance Review at ZARM, Bremen

Our system engineer Peter Stöferle went together with our project manager Jan von Pichowski to the Center of Applied Space Technology and Microgravity in Bremen, Germany. After passing some final tests in the vacuum chamber our experiment got accepted for the launch at Esrange Space Center. We are very happy to pass this final mark and prepare for a successful launch.

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