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5th Parabolic Flight Campaign for Vip-Gran – Nov 2017

The Space Grains collaboration will use the Vip-Gran instrument during the 67th ESA Parabolic Flight Campaign, November 6 to November 16, 2017 at Novespace, Bordeaux (France)

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Success of the 4th Parabolic Flight campaign!

The fourth parabolic flight campaign (PFC66) of the Vip-Gran instrument were performed in Bordeaux  (France) in May 2017. We observe for the first time a transition for rods between a gas-like regime of to a cluster-like regime when the density … Continue reading

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4th Parabolic Flight Campaign for Vip-Gran – May 2017

The Space Grains collaboration will use the Vip-Gran instrument during the 66th ESA Parabolic Flight Campaign, May 9 to May 19, 2017 at Novespace, Bordeaux (France)

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Meeting to prepare PFC66, Bordeaux, 4 – 5 May 2017

The meeting is dedicated to prepare the 4th Parabolic Flight Campaign (ESA PFC66) of the Vip-Gran instrument. We will define the sets of parameters for the 3 flights of the PFC66 campaign scheduled from 9 to 20 May 2017. The … Continue reading

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SpaceGrains Meeting at ESA for ESR, 12-13 April 2017

The goal was to defined the ESR (Experimental Scientific Requirements) for the ISS prototype of the Vip-Gran instrument. Various cells have been defined, among them:    3D and 2D dry cells, Wet cell,  Sound cell, Shear cell…

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Vip-Gran instrument for ISS approved! – March 2017

After our presentation at ESTEC in January 2017, the ESA Programme Board approved the plan to proceed with no further delay with the development (phase δB/C) of the VIP-GRAN instrument for ISS as part of the ESA E3P SciSpace programme.

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Success of the 3rd Parabolic Flight campaign!

The third parabolic flight campaign of the Vip-Gran instrument were performed in Bordeaux  (France) in November 2016. Granular convection, segregation for heterogeneous granular media, and quasi-elastic limit of a dissipative granular gas were studied.

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