TA2 Facility 25 – Swedish Planetary Ices Laboratory
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TA2 Facility 25 – Swedish Planetary Ices Laboratory

Average visit: 5 days

The Swedish Planetary Ices Laboratory is used to investigate thermophysical processes of planets and minor bodies. Its facilities have been used to simulate the environmental conditions on Earth, Mars, comets and asteroids.The equipment available for investigations (see images) includes:

1. Dirty thermal vacuum chamber (DTVC) with cold shroud, capable of maintaining atmospheric pressures from 10E-5 to 10E3 mbar at temperatures as low as -140ºC.  The chamber can accommodate experiments up to approx. 58 cm dia x 40 cm height. Mars atmospheric conditions can be maintained for several days;

2. LS1000R3 1000W Full Spectrum Solar Simulator to provide controlled solar input with zero airmass;

3. Ice making equipment for producing water and carbon dioxide ices of various morphologies;

4. Cold storage equipment for temperatures from -86ºC to room temperature;

5. Thermal and mechanical measurement suite, UV-VIS spectrometer. 


Dr Axel Hagermann, SRT, Lulea University of Technology, Rymdcampus, Bengt Hultqvistsväg 1, 98192 Kiruna


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