European Space Camp 2022 is about seeing inspiring lectures from some of the world’s top scientists and engineers, practical rocket work and lots of other fun activities.
Waking up early with a lot of people is a good and new experience. We couldn’t wait to start a fresh new day of learning about Rockets as well as starting with the hands on aspect. We started the day with a morning gym making patterns on the ground with our bodies. It was fun co-operation activity. After breakfast we had the opening ceremony with the mayor of Andøya and a Norwegian parliament member as well as the traditional ribbon cutting. We were then given a tour of the facilities and we were impressed to see how big and interesting all the hardware and infrastructure is. We then had a first round of presentations from lecturers on Space environment and NorSat. After lunch we had a presentation on Andøya and the future of the complex. We were then divided into groups and given our responsibilities. For about an hour we started working on the hardware (sensors, telemetry, payload). We ate dinner and then headed out on a hike up on the mountain behind the launch complex, where we saw some amazing views but unfortunately we weren’t able to visit the laser observatory. We returned to home base and then took a dip in the artic ocean and played volleyball. We finished the day with a final meal. Now everybody is all stressed out because of the killer game that has just started, it will be interesting to see how many remain tomorrow.
Overall it has been a hectic but fun day with a lot to take in and to learn. It feels like we have already been at ESC for a week, so the rest of the camp looks really promising. We get to know each other better. Hiking on the first day was a good idea. It was fun and interesting to be able to talk to all the participants during the whole day and learn about the multitude of European countries represented here at ESC.
Matias, Marcus and Zeliha