CDR and Sightseeing in München

Some time has passed, Midsummer is over and reasonable part of the team is on vacation. I myself just came back from hiking in Lapland, but the things I want to talk about lie a bit further back in time. It’s about the days from the 7th to the 9th of June 2010, we spent in Bavaria in order to attend the CDR (critical design review) and present our project progress. As München had been my hometown for about three years during my earlier studys I had the honour of guiding the major part of the SQUID team through the streets of the Bavarian capital.

Well, everything started with a far to early flight from Stockholm to München. Having checked in in our hotel next step was the search for food, which ended up in a traditional restaurant having “Schweinshaxn mit Knödel” (knuckel of pork with dumplings) for lunch and of course not to forget the beer.

Now that everybody was well-fed I said something like “we could walk to the technical museum” and “We’re not in Sweden they’re gonna have opened longer than till 5”. The truth in the first one seems to lie in the eye of the beholder, however I had overestimated the distance compared to our lack of sleep and the amounts of food. However it turned out that the museum closes at five when we where entering, at four. And I really was convinced they would close later in the evening.

Eventually day 1 was completed by having dinner and some beers together with the FOCUS team in the Augustiner Braustuben, a place I can really recommend cause of their prices for good food and beer.

Next day we mainly visited the inner city of München, visited the cathedral “Frauenkirche” and took a look from its top.  In the afternoon we took the S-Bahn to the place where we would sty that night in order to be near Oberpfaffenhofen the next morning. On the way there we met the MBEAM-team and after having dinner with them  we ended up sitting around with most of the people from the review panel. After that we were not totally confident with our presentation and did some late-nigh quick fixes.

On Wednesday we were the first team to present our progress and defend the documents we had delivered until then. The experts from the review panels had some concerns they wanted us to address but all in all it felt good, and they appreciated that we had already started with some of the tests. We are at the moment trying to address all these concerns and tomorrow we are going to deliver a new document so at least the missing parts and obvious mistakes are fixed.

After CDR we spent far too much time in one of the beer-gardens having lunch and we entered the aviation part of the technical museum again one hour before it closed. I am still sorry guys, but you seemed to enjoy the beer-garden as well.

So much about our trip to Bavaria in beginning of June, we are really glad that CDR is over and in the whole everything went smooth, after all we were doing the trip for the project.

Team SQUID Del 9 – Georg Schlick

Georg cross-country skiing on a lake near Kiruna

Now that the students ended their winter sleep SQUID is getting reinforcements. First planning to join the project in late August Georg has already been working on our first mock-up.

Hello Georg! How old are you, and where are you originally from?
I am 24 years old and from Innsbruck a City in the western part of Austria somewhere in the Alps between Italy and Germany.

What is your role in the SQUID project?
I am going to take responsibility for the dynamical modelling from Mario as he has quite a lot to do designing the SCALE and setting up all the test-scenarios.

However at the moment I am mainly spending time in the basement building our first mock-up.

What did you study at your previous college, and what are you studying now here at KTH? What made you choose to study here?
I am here as an exchange student, so I am at least officially still studying at my previous college, the technical university Munich. I’ve been studying mechanical engineering there and I am extending my studies in that field here at KTH.
The choice to come here was more accidentally and based on the exchange program I am in. I don’t think I could have made a better choice though.

How did you come to join the SQUID team?
I attended Gunnar’s course on non-linear finite element methods and at some point during the course he mentioned, that the team is looking for new members. So I read up on the project and eventually I decided to join.

Where and with what do you hope to be working in ten years’ time?
I still hope to get around a bit during the next ten years which makes the where quite tricky.
To tell with what I want to work isn’t that easy either, but I would really like to work as some sort of teacher or trainer some day.

Worst space movie ever?
I like most space movies even if they are more fiction than science. However Lost in Space is the one I would call the worst I’ve ever encountered.