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  • 25.08.2016 – Article on Radiative-cooling approach published

    The article "Thermal performance of a radiatively cooled system for quantum optomechanical experiments in space" by A. Pilan Zanoni, J. Burkhardt, U. Johann, M. Aspelmeyer, R. Kaltenbaek, and G. Hechenblaikner just got published (Applied Thermal Engineering 107, 689 (2016), doi: 10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2016.06.116). The image above is the corresponding graphical abstract.

  • 24.03.2016 – MAQRO M4 proposal published

    (by Rainer Kaltenbaek, 2016) The updated form of the MAQRO mission proposal, which we submitted last year in response to the “M4” Cosmic Vision call of ESA, finally was published today as a review in EPJ Quantum Technology. The image was designed and rendered using Blender for the start of the COST action QTSpace, which […]

  • 03.12.2015 – LISA Pathfinder successfully launched

    LISA Pathfinder was successfully launched yesterday! Apart from that simply being great news as being an important step towards LISA and towards a better understanding of the gravitational universe, for MAQRO this is especially important because it solidifies the important technological heritage of MAQRO from LISA Pathfinder. For example, we also plan to use a […]

  • 11.08.2015 – M5 call to be issued soon

    On July 20th, 2015, ESA announced plans for issuing an M5 call in the near future. Of course, we plan to submit our MAQRO proposal once again. As described in the announcement, we should state our interest by September 20th, 2015. This is not necessary but it will show ESA what they can expect in […]

  • 10.03.2015 – M4 proposal on the arXiv

    We adapted the MAQRO M4 proposal to paper form for future publication and uploaded it to the arXiv.

  • 03.03.2015 – MAQRO not in the shortlist for the M4 mission

    We received the news from ESA today that MAQRO has not been selected for the shortlist of candidate mission proposals that will be investigated in more detail. This is not completely unexpected given the amount of technological development we still have to perform and the tight time frame of ESA for the M4 mission. Nevertheless, […]

  • 24.02.2015 – BBC interview with James Bateman (University of Southampton)

    James Bateman from the Ulbricht group at the University of Southampton gave an interview for BBC aboutdark matter and how certai types of dark patter could possibly be detected by MAQRO. Link to Interview (verlinken), where the featured part starts at 2:17:30 onwards.

  • 15.1.2015 – MAQRO M4 Proposal submitted to ESA

    After receiving the Letters of Endorsement from Austria, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Switzerland, we successfully submitted the updated version of the MAQRO mission proposal to in response to the ESA call for a medium-sized mission opportunity with a launch in 2025.  

  • 15.9.2014 – Letter of Intent for MAQRO mission proposal submitted to ESA

    In this letter, we signaled to ESA that we would submit the MAQRO mission proposal in response to their call for a medium-sized mission opportunity in the Cosmic Vision framework.

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