PR4 is a student project in which we are designing an experimental payload for rockets. The mission of the PR4 project is to demonstrate the feasibility of high-accuracy location reconstruction through radio interferometry techniques and to characterize the arrival direction distribution of cosmic rays at altitudes between 20 and 80 km.
On the 11th of March 2019 our team named as PR3, without the revisited term, designed a payload for the German-Swedish student programme REXUS/BEXUS. PR3 launched the payload as a part of the rocket REXUS 25. The primary objective of PR3 is to adapt, and test, radio-interferometry to track (fast) moving objects, such as REXUS with a very high accuracy. As the Rexus payload only required three transmitter modules to be on board the experiment was extended to also perform radiation measurement with commercial-off-the-shelf camera sensors. Combined with high-accuracy position and orientation tracking provided by the radio-interferometry experiment an accurate measurement of radiation versus altitude and orientation can be made.
If you are interested in joining PR4 you have to be a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Ph.D. student at Radboud University or Eindhoven University. Please send us an email informing us of your background.