This Monday we received an email from ESA in which they confirmed our acceptance! We’re really excited and looking forward to working on our project. Here in Padua we are all happy, after the results we have already met to put together our ideas and understand how to proceed.
The list of things to do is very long but we are very determined to do the best we can.
The next appointment will be the Selection Week in Kiruna, just before, at the end of January, we should send the first version of a very important document, the SED.
Hoping that everything will go well, we wish you a Merry Christmas.
Today it was our turn with the presentation. We were a little nervous but everything went very well.
Judges’ questions were few, some justified this by saying that we had been very clear in the exposition. In fact, one of the things that surprised us most were the questions: we had prepared countless extra slides but we didn’t show them off. Well, maybe better this way!
We were in the third round, before and after us they showed other BEXUS experiments. They were all very good and the experiments were really interesting. We also listened to the ECO-WISE exhibition, our “brothers in arms”, like us they talked about the issue of pollution and we really hope to see them again in Kiruna to work together and build something beautiful.
At the end of the day it was time to greet all the fantastic teams we had known. This experience will always remain with us and we hope to continue our journey and see all these friends in Kiruna.
Today it all started with the rain, fortunately our buspasses right in front of the hotel and makes us get offin front of the erasmus building so no problem.
Arthur has made a small introduction on the importance ofdocumentation. During the day we had theopportunity to see several REXUS projects, soexperiments involving rockets. We also began to understand what the judges “preferred” questions were.
At the end of the day everything was made interesting thanks to a small visit of ESTEC, held by Robert (an extravagant expert with a pink shirt) and a 3D movie about the ISS.
Here in the conference roomis a 1/1 scale version of the Columbus module. Yesterday Koen showed us the infinite manual (whichwas only the PDR) and the various CD-ROMs thatcontain the entire project.
Really great, every day wediscover something new, tomorrow it’s up to us, weare tense but we hope it’s okay.
This morning we arrived at ESTEC in time, perhaps too much, after taking the bus from the ibis hotel. The delays of the planes due to yesterday’s strike had frightened us and we wanted to make sure we got there on time. This didn’t stop the people at ESA from being very nice to us right from the start. As soon as we entered the gates a boy named Martin helped us to find the Erasmus building, Alexander Kinnaird showed us where the coffee bar was and we relaxed for a few minutes.
Then Arthur Lacombe gave us some gadgets and the booklet. After a couple of hours all the teams arrived and we entered the beautiful conference room. In this characteristic location we were with our minds in the middle of the workshop.
Jack Van Loon gave a small speech on a scientific vision of the development of an experiment. Alexander told us about project planning, risk management and, more importantly, how best to clarify our objectives. Koen Debeule, on the other hand, talked about the requirements (of which we have discovered that there are about infinite types) and the design of experiments. Florine Enengl and Joanna Kuzmaa also gave us some advice about their direct experience in REXUS/BEXUS experiments.
During the day everyone was very helpful in answering our questions. Alexander joined our table to eat, Koen gave pins to those who answered his questions carefully (making the presentation captivating). The first day has ended well and we look forward to tomorrow.