Soldering course at ESTEC

As I’ve earlier promised  it’s now time for me to give a more detailed story about the soldering course in Nordwijk which I had the opportunity to take part of. The short adventure started with the flight down to Schipol. For once everything worked fine, except a 45 minuets delay, and I arrived at Schipol with all my luggage in my hands. The next step in the trip was to take the train out to Leiden and I just must mention the strange habit of the train company, when paying with card you had to pay another euro for your ticket. Yes Im used to that small shops in Sweden takes out a fee of about a half euro when you want to pay small amount with your card but the train company???

Well after a train trip of 20 min and then a 30 min buss ride I finally arrived to Nordwijk. It was quite easy to find the hotel and lucky me Jack from TElescope where sitting in the dinning room and where kind enough to show me the room i was going to share with him and . The hotel is a bit special since its divided into multiple small houses which are spread out in the town of Nordwijk so tho find your room the first time is not as all as easy as it sounds. Since I was an hour late for dinner I went out to find a place which where still open for service, after some searching I found an italian restaurant down at the beach and goth some great pasta while I enjoyed the sunset view over the beach.
The first day of the training course started early and i and my room mates met the other participants at the breakfast from where we all took the bus towards ESTEC. We must have had a loth to talk about since we managed to miss the stop, however the driver where kind enough to tell us at the next stop. After the small mishap we succeded to find our way to ESTEC where the next surprise awaited us, there are three main roads to ESTEC one for cars, another for bikes and the last for horsed none for pedestrians!
Well at ESTEC Martin Siegel from ESA welcomed us and we where presented to Jason Page who where going to be our course leader. The course started with a one and a half hour long theory pass where we went through the main principles of flight soldering. After that group moved on to the clean room to start the particle exercises. We really did get a loth of good tips and practice for the soldering even if we never will have as good equipment available for the soldering of our experiments. I’ll upload some pictures from the lab.
The secccond night started in the hotels dining hall where Martin Siegel and Koen de Beule joined the group, we continued the night in a bar near the beach where Koen gave us some useful tips on the development of the experiments. Quite to soon it was time for Martin and Koen to abandon the students and we continued on to a night club where we goth some fancy drinks and then on to a verry interesting rock club which where fited in a basement. Interesting enough the first picture which met me on my way in to the club where a picture of Pippi Longstocking.
The last day of the course where in its full length dedicated to practical exercises. I must say that I where impresses over all the different elements we managed to go through during the course length. The day where finished of by a visit to Koens office who kindly enough offered us some components for our experiments. After a dinner at the hotel we headed down to the beach where we took a ice cream and then rounded of the course with some drinks at a mexican restaurant down at the beach.
The next day it was time to head back home. I my self where going to meet up with the parts of the team at Arlanda as soon as i goth there to continue the trip directly to Tierp flight strip for the seccond towing test.

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Team SQUID Del 11 – Malin Paulson

Hello Malin! How old are you, and where are you originally from?
I am 28 years old and I’m from Stockholm

What is your role in the SQUID project?
My role will be qualification of and completing the scale system. I will also help manufacturing some of the last parts for the scale system.

What did you study at your previous college, and what are you studying now here at KTH? What made you choose to study here?
Here at KTH I’m studying Mechanical Engineering with Mechatronics as my major. I will be doing my master’s thesis on the SQUID project. Since I wanted to stay in Stockholm KTH was the given choice.

How did you come to join the SQUID team?
One of my friends from Mechatronics told me about the project and asked me if I was interested. After some thinking it seemed like a good idea and a really interesting project. So I contacted Nickolay, our supervisor, and here I am.

Where and with what do you hope to be working in ten years’ time?
I hope I will be working on an interesting but smaller company. I would like to work abroad for some time but I don’t know when that will be.

Worst space movie ever?
I always seem to forget bad movies after I see them. So no good answer here.

Project development during end of may and beginning of june

Some time has passed since we last wrote a blog post but don’t think that we have just been sitting around. In fact there has been some major development in the project and we’re deply sorry that this has not yet been covered in the blog. However we’ll try to make it up to you. In this blog post I’ll be summarizing most of the development and during the coming weeks we’ll try to write some more detailed post about each of these events.

First however, as you may know the competition KTH on the inside is over and we’d like to thank you all for your support during the competition even if we did not make it during the second part of the competition. Since our blog suddenly where closed down by KTH on the inside we’ve now moved the blog to wordpress.com and it is available directly on our homepage.

So what has really happened during the last weeks? Well, the last blog post covered our first towing test for the parachute solution that we’re developing for the system. The first test proved that the landing system worked in the most advantageous situation, with the SQUID probe facing backwards along the wind. To really prove that the system works we decided to do a second test which where carried out in a similar way as the first one but now with the FFU in a less advantageous situation where the FFU where facing straight upwards. For the moment we’re not able to show these videos on the blog but they can be seen directly at youtube, see links below.

Working principle

Tow test 1

Tow test 2

The rest of the project has also been moving forward. During the last days of may the team wrote the CDR version of the SED which is the final document describing the design of the experiment for the REXUS board. The document where sent in to the REXUS panel early morning june 28:th.

During the early days of june I  my self (Gustav) where away on a soldering course at ESTEC Nordwijk. I will cover this more in detail in a later post, for now you will have to satisfy your selves with this picture.

During the second week of June the team went to DLR in Oberpfaffenhofen for the critical design review. Since we had planned to be there for three days, while the CDR only lasted for two hours, we used most of the time in Munich. I’ll post some further pictures below but a more detailed story will be written later on.

During the last weeks we’ve also been joined by two new members in the team. First Mikko Laukkanen joined us. He will mainly work with the electronics and software and has already given us some useful help with developing a control circuit for the camera.

The second team member has just joined us. Her name in Malin Paulson and she will be working with the SCALE system development. A further description of them both will fallow in later posts.