Undergraduate Focus: Varsity’s parabolic flight mission
THE Parabolic Team of Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) carried out parabolic flights recently over Nagoya, Japan. Parabolic flights are flights that simulate zero-gravity by flying more than nine kilometres, then dropping about two kilometres to achieve weightlessness for 25 seconds for every parabola. A parabolic flight usually flies between 40 and 60 parabolic manoeuvers.
The UniKL team endured hyper and microgravity conditions due to the extreme flight maneuvers of a modified Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) jet to collect data of the rate of transfer of moisture to the human skin.
The team was led by Dr Mohd Harridon, and consisted of two UniKL students: Zaim Ismail and Zaim M. Nor. The team was also accompanied by Helmy Hashim, an expert in material science and also a veteran of microgravity Experiment from the National Space Agency of Malaysia (ANGKASA) who acted as the team consultant.
“Performing some tasks in zero-gravity conditions were not easy but we collected vast amounts of data during hyper and microgravity conditions. We even did acrobatic moves during microgravity. Fully floating in the air is quite an experience,” Zaim said.
Zaim is proud to represent UniKL and Malaysia as he and the team overcame difficulties during these flights to collect important data.
“The UniKL team had a successful mission collecting data and this shows that team work will lead to success,” said Dr Mohd Harridon.