Cube design refinements for CDR

cube As next week is the Critical Design Review (CDR) at Oberpfaffenhofen, the design has been refined a lot since PDR level. For the Cube itself this means changes to reduce friction in the mechanical deployment system and to ensure a neat fitting structure. The drawings for every part has been made, and manufacturing solutions have been discussed. Further we are happy to see that some parts are already in production or have arrived from our sponsors for example the booms from Cobra Bandstahl.
So we are looking forward to have some parts ready for the CDR.

INTRAVIS Vision Systems

SpotWatcher Inside (Source: Intravis)
Last week we were invited by the company INTRAVIS from Aachen. INTRAVIS is specialized in quality control of plastic packaging by means of optical systems. We were welcomed by the technical director Mr. Klaus Schönhoff, who started off by giving us a general overview of the company. In return we then had the opportunity to present our project and especially our camera modules. The following tour afforded us an extensive insight into the development, testing and production of the various monitoring systems. Also of great interest to us was the information we received on the founding of the company and the connected building of the company structure. Even tough our project is of a much smaller scale we were able to see parallels to our founding and organization efforts.

We thank Intravis for the interesting insight into their company and are very pleased that we could win them as a sponsor for our camera modules.

REXUS/BEXUS Selection Workshop

On 5th and 6th December 2011 the Space Sailors had to master their first challenge: We had been invited to the REXUS selection workshop in Bonn. And now the EDOD experiment (Experimental Deployment Of a Dragsail) had to be chosen for the REXUS programme by a jury!

With this aim in mind our team travelled from Aachen to Bonn to the the DLR space agency early in the morning. The tension was high. Continue reading