Cellulose Aerogel Fibers Tested on a REXUS 18 Rocket - The ACTOR Project

Bjoern Schulz*, Tobias Meinert, David Bierbuesse, Michel Busen, Nina Koertzinger, Michael Stankowski, Gunnar Seide

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Aerogels are high-performance materials used for space and aviation purposes. Cellulose aerogel fibers have been investigated under real space conditions for their insulation properties. The experiments were carried out in a one-stage high-altitude research rocket of the improved ORION type. A cuboid module with measurement cells, camera modules, and electronic devices has been developed for monitoring the insulation behavior of cellulose aerogel non-woven samples. The thermal behavior of these samples has been analyzed and compared to cellulose cloth (cotton) and aluminum for reference.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1501-1507
Number of pages7
JournalChemie Ingenieur Technik
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2016


  • Engineering education
  • Fibers
  • Nanostructures
  • Temperature
  • Thermal insulation

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