Team SQUID Del 10 – Linus Ericsson

Now George joined and working hard on the mechanics, but the SQUID needs further care. Linus Ericsson joins the team for helping out with the electronics and software inside the medium sized metal can.

Linus on skitrip to the Esrange area (always these vacation pictures)


Hello Linus! How old are you, and where are you originally from?

I am 26 years old and from Gothenburg, a city on the Swedish west coast.

What is your role in the SQUID project?
I am going to take responsibility for the electronics and software of the project, that is, make the more or less intelligent parts to work as wished.

Right now I’m trying to help Gustav in the struggles with the videocamera, and tries my best to get an Atmel ATTiny circuit emulate button pushes on the camera with electronics, and to be honest, I am a bit worried over the strange battery solution that is chosen for the camera. There seem a lot of unexpected problems in a project like this.

What did you study at your previous college, and what are you studying now here at KTH? What made you choose to study here?
Even though Gothenburg has the great Chalmers University of Technology, I decided quite early that KTH was the university for me, and here I am. Maybe I am one of the first persons that KTH recruited only through the web, since I was searching for a lot of programming things and seemed to only find KTH pages over and over again. I reasoned it was probably a good idea to be there IRL as well!

How did you come to join the SQUID team?
Gustav sent out a message to the brus-listan, a humoristically named mailinglist hosted by the students electronic lab at KTH, Elab. I thought that a space related project was way too cool to miss (there are like huge possibilities for space), and after some mailing I went to Alfvénlab to meet the project group.

Where and with what do you hope to be working in ten years’ time?
I seem to have like an internal idea generator that works on high speed for almost all the time. Maybe I would work as some kind of inventor. I would really need someone who took care and refined my ideas, though.

Worst space movie ever?
I usually forgets bad movies, but there was one with this guy on mars that was really strange because he hade breathed to much bad Martian air and got his lungs filled with siliconfibres or something. I love Barbarella.

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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.

Team SQUID Del 8 – David Bergman

I den sista delen av Team SQUID träffar vi David. Han har bl.a. den mycket viktiga uppgiften att ta reda på vilka motorer vi behöver för att styra utfällningen av trådantennerna, och leder också arbetet med att förbättra airbagsystemet från det tidigare experimentet LAPLander

David på ostindiefararen Götheborg

Hej David! Hur gammal är du, och varifrån kom du innan du började plugga här i Stockholm? Jag är 25 år och kommer uppifrån Boden i norra Sverige.

Vad är din roll i SQUID-projektet? Jag är ansvarig för luftkuddesystemet dvs landningssystemet som ska skydda den samlade mätdatan och plattformen vid kollision med marken. Detta ansvarsområde innebär att jag jobbar med bl.a. beräkningar och simuleringar av hur plattformen beter sig då den faller och stöter i marken. Jag är också ansvarig för de elmotorer och diverse ställdon som ska användas på plattformen. För motorerna måste jag genomföra beräkningar, approximeringar och tester av vridmoment och varvtal i nära samarbete med Mario och Gustav för att säkerställa att motorn är tillräckligt stark och klarar att kontrollera utfällningen av trådbommarna. Slutligen faller det på mig att genomföra beställningen av den valda motorn.

Vad läser du på KTH, och varför valde du att plugga just här? Här på KTH studerar jag Master i rymd och flygteknik. Jag har en tidigare flygingenjörsexamen från Mälardalens Högskola i Västerås där jag studerade i tre år. Jag kände att varför stanna av med utbildningen där när möjligheten fanns att studera vidare i två år och ta en masterexamen. Jag har alltid varit väldigt intresserad och fascinerad av flyg och flygteknik men kände att jag ville bredda mitt vetande mot rymdteknik också då detta är två branscher som jobbar med spjutspettsteknologi och erbjuder stora, intressanta och häftiga utmaningar. Dessutom med den kommande framtiden av rymdturism som närmar sig där bägge branscherna blir alltmer tvärvetenskapliga kan man inte låta bli att känna spänningen av att läsa både rymd och flyg. 😀

Vad fick dig att gå med i SQUID-teamet? Under min första kurs här på KTH, en kurs i Raketvetenskap, gjorde vi ett projekt på REXUS-raketen. För att introducera detta projekt kom Olle Persson från Esrange och gästföreläste om REXUS/BEXUS programmet vilket verkligen väckte intresset om att medverka. Under samma föreläsning var Torbjörn från LAPLander teamet och berättade om projektet som pågick nu på SPP (Space and Plasma Physics) här på KTH och som kommer skjutas upp på en av REXUS-raketerna nu i Mars. Därefter hände inte så speciellt mycket än att alla började prata väldigt löst om hur häftigt det verkligen vore att göra ett projekt och vara med. Men ingen kunde riktigt komma på en bra idé och löftet om att projektet var tidskrävande gjorde inte saken bättre. Men så slutligen en dag skickade våran handledare i kursen ut ett mail med erbjudande från Nickolay på SPP om att vara med i teamet som ska göra uppföljningsprojektet på LAPLander, det som nu är SQUID. Kursen i raketvetenskap hade verkligen väckt mitt intresse för rymden och när väl en möjlighet om att vara med om ett sådant här projekt med löfte om ovärderliga erfarenheter och kunskaper uppenbarade sig framför näsan var valet givet: Jag bara måste vara med!

Om du tänker dig fram tio år, vad skulle ditt drömjobb vara? Verkligen den absolut svåraste frågan att svara på. Men drömmen vore nog att jobba på ett företag liknande Swift Engineering Inc. vilket är ett litet företag med enorma ingenjörsresurser. Tackvare att det inte är så många anställda och att dom jobbar mycket i mindre projekt, utvecklar och producerar mycket själva innebär det att ingenjörerna får jobba både teoretiskt och direkt vara med och skruva på produkten samt genomföra massvis av tester. Denna blandning av att jobba både teoretiskt, direkt praktiskt och applicerat inom projekt som inte sträcker sig längre än högst 3-5 år är nog vad jag verkligen drömmer om att få göra inom rymd och flygbranschen.

Sämsta rymdfilmen? Hmm hmm hmmm hmmmmmm hmmm hmm kanske inte är en direkt rymdrulle men måste ändå säga “Starship Troopers 2”, fullkomlig katastrof som uppföljare till ett sådant mästerverk som ettan. Hmm kanske t.o.m. är den sämsta filmen som någonsin gjorts???

Team SQUID Del 7 – Vira Pronenko

Vira är extern doktorand på KTH och hjälper oss på distans från Ukraina, bl.a. med en speciell sorts magnetometer, kalled Uniprobe, som sitter i en av de sfäriska sonderna längst ut på trådantennerna.

Hello Vira! Where are you from, and what is your role in the SQUID project?

I am from Lviv, Ukraine, and am responsible for the induction magnetometer.

What did you study at your previous college, and what are you studying now here at KTH?

I graduated from National University “Lviv Politechnic” as radio engineer. Now I am a postgraduate student at KTH.

How did you come to join the SQUID team?

In Lviv I work for the Institute for Space Research, but usually I design instrument for ground geophysics and the possibility to join a space project is always interesting.

Where and with what do you hope to be working in ten years’ time?

I like my job. I am planning to continue working with magnetometer
design.

Team SQUID Del 6 – Mónica Alaniz

Mónica i Venedig

Mónica är vår elektronik- och mjukvaruexpert, och har under två år på SPP varit med och utvecklat elektronik och mjukvara till bland annat NASA-uppdraget Cascades 2.

Hello Mónica! Where are you from, and what is your role in the SQUID project?

I’m from Mexico City and I’m the main responsible for electronics and software, that means to do schematics for the printed circuit board, to solder the components later on and to program the control of the subsystems of the SQUID experiment.

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 studied the career of Computer Engineer in the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) then I came to Sweden to do my bachelor thesis in Uppsala at the Swedish Insitute of Space Physics (IRF). I noticed I needed more preparation so I applied for a master programme called System-on-chip design at KTH, I decided to study here because I knew that it is the best place to study engineering, and I have liked it a lot because the education level is excellent and the cultural experiences are incredible.

How did you come to join the SQUID team?

It is a very nice project that fits perfectly with my interests, I have always liked to be involved in space projects

Where and with what do you hope to be working in ten years’ time?

My dream job is to be in a company where I can use all the knowdelge learned at the school and where i can develope my skills, if it is space related it would be great! The place doesnt matter might be in Mexico or Europe 🙂

Worst space movie ever?

Sunshine, the effects and sound are amazing but the end of the movie is a bit weird so I didn’t like it.

Team SQUID Del 5 – Mark Honeth

Mark kom nyligen ner från de kalla skogarna runt Kiruna, där han pluggat på Institutitionen för Rymdvetenskap genom SpaceMaster-programmet, för att hjälpa oss med elektroniken för att mäta elektriska fält i rymen. På somrarna åker han hem till familjen och släkten i Sydafrika, och har därför haft nöjet att inte få uppleva en sommar på två år.

Hello Mark! How old are you, and where are you originally from?
I’m 25 years old and from Kimberley in South Africa, although my family has some Swedish heritage so moving here was not such a huge culture shock.

What is your role in the SQUID project?

My task is to develop the electronics for an electric field instrument for small free-flying payloads which is to be mounted and tested on SQUID’s boom deployment 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?
I studied Mechatronic Engineering at the University of Cape Town in South Africa and I am currently in the second year of the Erasmus Mundus Space Master program. I was drawn to KTH to do my masters thesis because it has a really good reputation worldwide and I really want to be part of it to be confident that I can produce quality work when I enter the working world.

How did you come to join the SQUID team?

I just recently moved to Stockholm to do my masters thesis at KTH. Since the scope of my thesis and that of the electric field instrument required by SQUID overlapped, I figured I could make the most of my time in Stockholm by joining the SQUID team to enhance my experience in electronic development and make a positive contribution to this exciting project.

Where and with what do you hope to be working in ten years’ time?

There is no company or agency I have my eye on in particular, but for sure I would like to be part of something challenging that pushes the boundaries of technology and propels the human race into the heavens.

Worst space movie ever?

Space Balls. I’ve generally liked most space movies I’ve seen but I just didn’t think that one was as good as everyone else seems to think. (Jacob: Man, I have to agree!)

Team SQUID Del 4 – Mario Valle

Mario i bergen nära Incastaden Machu Picchu i Peru

Nu är det Marios tur, som med sin expertis gör simuleringar på bl.a. trådantennsutfällningen och utskjutningen från raketen, och dessutom ansvarar för den mekaniska designen av trådantennsutfällarna (de så kallade SCALE Wire Boom Deployers).

Hello Mario! How old are you, and where are you originally from?

I am 24 years old and from Vitoria (Gasteiz in basque), a small city in the north of Spain, not very far from the border with France.

What is your role in the SQUID project?

As responsible of the Dynamical modelling, I am in charge of developing a model of the deployment phase of the wire booms, in order to be able to specify the strategy that will minimize the final oscillations. I will also have to investigate the trajectory followed by the FFU once it is ejected, to make sure that the rocket will not collide with it during the flight.

I am also responsible of the boom system design and testing. The SCALE system (the mechanical device that will deploy the wire booms) is complex, and one has to make sure that the system works properly and with high reliability. To do so, a good design and extensive testing is required.

What did you study at your previous college, and what are you studying now here at KTH? What made you choose to study here?
Before coming to KTH I studied Ingeniería Técnica Aeronautica (BSc in Aeronautical engineering) in Madrid. After finishing it i worked for one year at INTA, the Spanish aeronautical research center and I realized that it was too early to start working, so I started looking for Master Degrees. I found the MSc in Aerospace engineering at KTH, which is one of the best universities in Europe and provides free education, so it did not take me much time to realize that it was the best choice, so I applied, I got accepted and here I am.

How did you come to join the SQUID team?

I have some friends that last year where enrolled in different REXUS projects (LAPLander and Suaineadh) and I was aware of how interesting those programs are. As I am doing my thesis related to MEFISTO, a wire boom system based on the same concept as the one we are going to use in SQUID which is going to be launched with the BepiColombo mission I had a good opportunity to join the program and apply the knowledge I was gaining from my thesis work, and learn a lot of new things, which is actually what is happening.

Where and with what do you hope to be working in ten years’ time?

Where, no idea. But I have it clear that I want to work in the space business.

Worst space movie ever?

Battlefield Earth. I saw it one of those Sundays that you have nothing to do. I lost 2 hours of my life.