From the 30th January – 2nd February, we were fortunate enough to take part in ESA Academy’s Gravity-Related Experiments Training Workshop at ESEC in Redu, Belgium. We had the opportunity to meet the teams from the ESA programmes Spin Your Thesis!, Drop Your Thesis! and Fly Your Thesis! 2018. The workshop had a busy schedule; we all delivered presentations on our projects, attended training sessions that were key for developing our experiments, and we had the privilege to learn from an engaging group of people. These included current researchers working on spaceflight, previous student teams, and even ESA astronaut Reinhold Ewald.
The week was extremely productive and inspiring, and it was a great benefit to meet the experts who we will be working with at the Large Diameter Centrifuge in September. The workshop also gave us critical advice on how to make our experiment successful, and emphasised the need for forward planning. Now we know more about the facilities and how to manage our project, we will be working hard up to November to ensure our project runs as smoothly as possible!
Many thanks to ESA Education and Academy for running a brilliant workshop.
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