European Space Camp 2023 is about seeing inspiring lectures from some of the world’s top scientists and engineers, practical rocket work and lots of other fun activities.
“Space Camp will definitely always have a special place in my memory!”
Morning started with a plank because some people… decided to sleep in. Around nine o´clock the official opening was marked by a beautiful sunrise and ribbon cutting. After the opening and a short fruit/coffee break, the members were split into groups of seven and we had an interesting tour around the Andøya Space where we were not only introduced to the main buildings, but also the rocket range. Lunch eaten, we got divided into our work groups: Science experiments, Payload (basically building the rocket), Sensor experiment (plus the PTU) and lastly Telemetry. Science and Sensor experiment groups got a crash course on soldering and then actually got to train for tomorrows work. Payload was introduced to the placements of sensors and the wiring. The Telemetry group got an explanation about how the data transfers from the rocket (which is in the air) to the computers and we got to know the hardware. Individual groups got together to brain-storm the ideas of what scientific processes the rocket could measure. It interesting how well students from different nations and backgrounds can get together to find a solution and be able to create a safe place to share ideas. The best part of the day – The hike. Being able to see the Andøya Space and the rest of Andøya from the mountain top (Ramnan) and have the feeling of accomplishment to actually getting to the top alive. Tired and sweat from the hike we decided that a plunge in the Arctic Ocean would be the best idea. It actually wasn’t so bad? Finally, the cultural exchange aka candy from Austria, Latvia and Germany. We thought that this was actually the best part of the day (don’t tell the team coaches). A lot of science, a lot of sugar – what more is there to ask for?
Ville, Samanta, Robbin