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New members join the team

Posted on 1st March 2019

We are proud to introduce you to our four new team members, who have joined us recently!
The team feels thankful for this continued support and is encouraged with the amount of interest shown. This is of great importance as it allows workload to be distributed equally, thereby alleviating the pressure on the team, but also allows more involvement from individuals that are apprehensive in taking on such a project from the beginning. This big interest proves having a fascinating experiment coupled with excellent team building efforts does pay off.

Javier Chivite Sierra: As an engineer, I have always wanted to apply all the knowledge learnt throughout my bachelor and master studies. The idea proposed for Bexus R2C2 is quite interesting and I am looking forward to contributing with new and original ideas!

Lucía Ayala Fernández: The idea of joining R2C2 attracted my attention due to the innovative idea and the opportunity to challenge myself and to apply all the knowledge acquired during my bachelor and the master. I'm really excited about this project and I'm sure that with this amazing team it will be a great success!

Radhesh Sanathi: I have always wanted to apply all my theoretical and acquired knowledge on practical applications. Since I am an engineer, working with new technologies and being part of a creative team to build something new have always engrossed me to no end. The things that drew me towards being a part of this R2C2 BEXUS team were the preliminary idea, the vision that different individuals had in order to enhance this idea and the plans that everyone had in their mind to work towards the goals of the mission. Hence, I had no second thoughts before joining this bunch of professional and responsible space enthusiasts.

Vidhyuth Iyengar: Bexus provided me with the challenge of working in a project with a team while giving me the freedom of thought and an environment to learn. R2C2 piqued my interest as it tries to employ old methods to provide accessable data for future applications.

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The PDR Week - A R2C2 Adventure

Posted on 19th February 2019

Let me draw your attention on the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) that R2C2 participated to at the Deutsches Zentrum für Luft und Raumfahrt (DLR) in Oberpfaffenhofen. This event lasted from the 11th until the 15th of February and was an important milestone in the BEXUS project. The purpose of the PDR was for the BEXUS committee to give their feedback on the first report, containing the team's experiment design. The committee was made up of experts in all fields relating to the project: Mechanics, Electronics, Software, Thermal Engineering, Management and - just for us - even a chaff specialist, who has over 20 years of hands on experience in storing, releasing and radar tracking chaff. We were able to receive a very personalised feedback thanks to this very expert. The professionals work at the companies involved in the BEXUS project, we can mention ESA, SNSA, DLR, ZARM, MORABA and SSC.

The heart of the PDR was a 90 minutes meeting with the expert committee, in which the team had to give a technical presentation of their experiment, followed by a discussion covering every aspect of the team's report. The feedback concluded in large-scale design change of the release mechanism due to the litteral 'dislike' of our propositon of drilling holes in the gondola floor ("You want to drill holes in the gondola!? *Knocks twice firmly on the table* I DO NOT like this! ). The big question remaining was the safe distance of the chaff release. The issue we faced is, that chaff would reflect the gondola' e-link signal, hence it could potentially damage the receiver. The distance of the release system is therefore still under discussion. This meeting was well structured and we received a great feedback to continue our project.

The PDR was not only centred on feedback on the individual projects, though. The PDR was also an educative week in which the experts held presentations/lessons on the different aspects of the projects. These talks provided useful information on space companies' approach towards problems, followed by some useful tips on how to implement these guidelines in our own projects. There was also an expert session organized, in which the teams could freely ask their questions to the available experts.

From feedback on the individual projects to useful project and technical tips, the PDR was also an important event for the different teams to meet each other. Many sessions have been organized to create more cohesion between the teams. For example, each team had to present their project, work together in workshops concerning risk analysis and outreach. Especially for the BEXUS students, there was an important workshop on the menu: In this workshop all the teams sharing a gondola were getting together and discussing the major risks that their experiment could present to the other ones, estimate their size and shape and with the use of cardboard fit their experiment in a mock up gondola.

Finally, the PDR was also the occasion of making a cultural trip. Since DLR is located in Bavaria and the teams are from all over Europe, it was given the opportunity to learn about the culture. During the first evening a hike in a forest with torches and Glühwein towards an abbey and traditional Bavarian tavern was made. The students got to visit the ISS control room from DLR and also the mechatronic lab. MORABA also organized a dinner at the Flugwerft Schleissheim Deutsches Museum near Munich animated with Bavarian dances. Space industry has long history in the region, DLR invited a member of the former OTRAG company, one of the first private space companies, to tell their history.

The PDR really was a once in a life time experience, full of knowledge, sharing and emotion. Being part of projects like these really makes you feel you are part of something bigger and that a lot of dreams can become opportunities. I would like to thank the organizers on behalf of the whole team for all the effort put in creating this B-E-A-utiful event.

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Start of Student Training Week at DLR Munich

Posted on 12th February 2019

The Student Experiment Document (SED) is the report every REXUS/BEXUS team is obligated to write for their experiment. As the project becomes more detailed, the SED grows continuously from a small draft to a major report. The teams must meet given review dates, where the committee will evaluate the project's design progress. These due dates are:
1. Preliminary Design Review (PDR)
2. Critical Design Review (CDR)
3. Integration review Progress (IPR)
4. Experiment Acceptance Review (AER)
The PDR's due date was 2 weeks ago — R2C2 delivered naturally on time and on point — and the corresponding Student Training Week started today close to Munich, Germany. Our 4 attending team members will follow a tight schedule full of classes to help us design our project and have an intense discussion with a panel of experts. However, this week is also a good occasion to meet the German teams, whom we have not met yet, and to bond more with our friends from the teams we met at ESTEC back in November.
Good luck and a lot of fun to our 4 attendees Adam, David, Guillermo and Niels!

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The R2C2 website goes online!

Posted on 23rd January 2019

The project development and progress can now be followed on our new website. Besides info about our team and the project in general you will also find an interesting collection of multimedia content such as photographs, videos and documents. Click here to check out the main page.