17. October 2019 – Munich, Germany —
This week is dedicated to the preparations for the 70th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) 2019 in Washington D.C. Our team will spend the whole of next week presenting our project to an international audience. But before we go into it, a short update on the state of our experiment.
Patricio and Darek work diligently on the electrical and software of our experiment. The second version of the PCB, with minor structural changes and component placement on the board, is almost complete. Meanwhile, the electrical system is already being tested and works well so far!
This week we also received the Service Module Simulator from ZARM, so we can soon simulate the communication between the service module of the REXUS rocket and our experiment and hopefully complete the IPR successfully.
In addition, the first preparations for extensive vacuum tests of the components are in progress. Starting with the cameras, we will test all the electrical components individually and in the system under an ambient pressure of approximately 0.5 mbar, and thus find out how our experiment will work during the rocket flight.
With a little luck, we will soon be able to test our electrics under realistic environmental conditions and are thus one step closer to a functioning experiment!
As you already know, most of the team members over the last few weeks have been busy writing two papers for the IAC 2019 and putting together the appropriate presentations.
The IAC is an international congress bringing together space representatives from industry, research and governments. Every two years, the latest developments in the space industry are presented and discussed there. The event will take place from 21.10. until 25.10.2019 in Washington D.C. consists of hundreds of lectures, workshops and lectures in Science & Exploration, Applications & Operations, Technology, Infrastructure, Space & Society.
More information can be found at http://www.iafastro.org/events/iac/iac-2019/
The lectures will be accompanied by a trade fair where many of the big names in the space industry will be exhibiting: NASA, ESA, DLR, SETI, Boeing, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Airbus and many more.
There are also smaller, no less interesting actors, including SSC or MadeInSpace. Maybe we meet one or the other familiar face there!
The complete floor plan of the fair can be found here: https://iac19.mapyourshow.com/7_0/floorplan/index.cfm
We will present our paper in two lectures: On October 22nd, Jannik will talk in the session “Technologies to Enable Space Systems” about how the technology of our experiment could change space operations of the future. And on October 23rd, Alex presents our project in the so-called “Student Team Competition” in a long series of international student projects. Let’s see what colleagues from the USA or India do with their spare time.
Anyhow, we are looking forward to spending a week in the space industry! We are on the road from Saturday and of course keep you up to date during the IAC on Twitter and Instagram!
Best regards and see you soon!