We are preparing the light emitters experiment and, thanks to Mr. Jarosław Pęka’s courtesy, we were able to visit the terrace of the Sea Towers which is the tallest building in Gdynia. The access to this place is limited.
Thanks to the courtesy of Mr. Tomasz Kozar who collaborates with our project we received an invitation to the Microsoft headquarters in Warsaw. It was an enriching experience. Our work went according to the agenda.
Our friend Kacper Jańczuk was a speaker during a conference at the Polish-Japanese Academy of Computer Technics which was organized by the Institute of Informatics Education and Computer Application in Warsaw (http://mrozy.net/). The presentation during the conference was aimed at showing the princpiles and teachers of other schools how can interesting interdisciplinary projects with the use of modern technologies be realized. We were presenting the 3-SAT project.
On Saturday the 20th of May our team had an opportunity to take part in the international space conference 2nd Near Space which took place in the Centre of Modernity “Mill of Knowledge” in Torun. The whole event was a fabulous opportunity to meet enthusiasts of space from all around the world as well as to hear numerous lectures in which the speakers shared their experience and knowledge. Also, we have explored the very interesting “Mill of Knowledge”. The first lecture of Dorota Budyń was a summary of the DREAM (DRilling Experiment for Asteroid Mining). Later, Emilia Węgrzyn and Aleksander Masłowski talked about their journey “from the balloon section of the Student’s Astronaut Club of the BULMA experiment in the REXUS/BEXUS programme to stars”. The last presentation were the thoughts of Adam Dąbrowski on conducting an astronomical observatory at school.
Next, we witnessed the start of a stratospheric mission. After an hour break Mads Wilson told us about his experience with the Copenhagen Suborbital spaceships. It was his presentation that made the greatest impression on us. After the lunch break a couple more presentation took place. They concerned issues such as the CanSat competition, stratospheric experiments, REXUS/BEXUS programme and even space law. The whole conference was a great way of expanding our knowledge and discovering innovative ways of solving problems that, sooner or later, everyone who works in the field of astronautics has to face. We are very thankful to Maciej and Marzena Jakimiec for inviting us.
On the 17th of March in the III LO in Gdynia a meeting of the 3-SAT team with the representatives of the Polish space industry, companies specializing in creating new technologies and devices connected with it, as well as the promoters of science and development in Poland.
At the beginning of the meeting Kacper Jańczuk presented the aims, initial plans and ideas connected with our project. After the introduction of the vision our team a conference took place during which each of our guests commented on the 3-SAT ideas. Every aspect of the project was thoroughly discussed i.a. the technical problems and their potential solutions, the creation of the budget as well as the image and promotion of the team.
The highly experienced guests introduced numerous improvements and ideas, and showed great support to our team. We are very thankful to everybody who attended the meeting.
Our guests were:
– Mr. Bartosz Bartoszewicz, vice-president of Gdynia
– Mr. Tomasz Zawistowski, the manager of the BRITE-PL project – the construction and launching of the first polish satellites into the orbit
– Mr. Edmund Wittbrodt, the Minister of National Education 2000-2001, from 1990 to 1996 the provost of the Gdansk University of Technology
– Mr. Przemysław Rudź, a popularizer of science, a specialist at the Education Department of POLSA
– Mr. Grzegorz Szychliński, mechanical engineer, the manager of the Museum of Science in Gdansk
– Mr. Adam Dąbrowski, a representative of the Blue Dot Solutions company , Gdansk University of Technology – Division of Mechatronics
– Mr. Adam Nawrot, the president of the ForScience foundation
– Mr. Tomasz Kozar, representative of Microsoft Polska
– Mrs. Barbara Cieślak, coordinator of numerous youth, science oriented projects
– Mr. Krystian Górski, radio technician and electronical engineer
– Mr. Stefan Łopacki, constructor, mechanic, modeler, inventor
– Mr. Paul Bugaj, an enthusiast of applied physics and computer science
At the end of February our team went to the Warsaw University of technology to meet the PW-SAT2 team. We were invited by the coordinator of the project, Inna Uwarowa. The meeting was attended by: Mrs. Marta Mąkosa, Barbara Utracka, Mateusz Mazurkiewicz, Kacper Jańczuk, Jan Struziński, Szymon Zajączkowski And Kamil Iwanowski.
PW-SAT2 is an initiative of the members of the Student’s Astronomy Club which main aim is to construct and test an innovative system of deorbitation in the form of a sail. Moreover, the team plans to test the system of opened solar panels, the Sun sensor as well as algorithm of satellite control. The power supply, satellite structure and software of the mission are created by the members of the team of the project.
Thanks to the courtesy of the PW-SAT2 we had the opportunity to take a close look at their actions. It was an amazing experience. Observing the work of a team which has gone so far was the greatest form of study for our group. At the end of the year PW-SAT2’s satellite will be launched to the orbit. We declared readiness to locate it during its mission.
We are extremely thankful to the Warsaw University of Technology and especially to the PW-SAT2 for the opportunity to take part in such a great undertaking.