TA2 Facility 20 – OU Mars Chamber
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TA2 Facility – OU Mars Chamber (Planetary Environmental Simulation)

Average visit: 20 days

The Open University Mars Chamber is a large, adaptable environmental simulation chamber suitable for a wide range of scientific and engineering investigations.

At 1.8 m long and 0.9 m diameter, the chamber can recreate martian surface conditions for large-scale surface process studies, or for testing large instruments and equipment assemblies.

The temperature is fully controllable between -70ºC and 100ºC.
Atmospheres are typically N2, CO2, air or bespoke mixtures. The chamber pressure can be reduced to 2 mbar, in as little as 5 minutes, with automated control and logging. Extra filtration and frequent pump maintenance enable experiments that work with large volumes of dust.

Ongoing research includes simulations of mud-volcanism, surface runoff of both water and brine solutions on sediment slopes, CO2 sublimation-driven mass wasting on sediment slopes and CO2 sublimation-driven araneiform and dust plume simulations.

Supporting equipment includes:

  • Pressure control & logging
  • Temperature control & logging
  • High speed video cameras
  • High definition video cameras
  • High speed pyrometer
  • UV solar simulator
  • In situ borescope
  • Photogrammetry camera array & software
  • A variety of data & power feedthroughs
  • Horizontal, vertical & rotational mechanical feedthroughs

Contact:

Dr Manish Patel, School of Physical Sciences, Open University
Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA, United Kingdom, manish.patel@open.ac.uk


Selected publications from previous TA visits to the OU Mars Chamber

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