The last few weeks have been a race – a race to CDR level and it is amazing how far we have come!
When we got together for the first time in September 2013 all we had was a vague idea of an experiment that could fly with REXUS. But one thing was certain: We wanted to be part of the REXUS 17/18 campaign. Our university has a long history with REXUS, we wanted to continue that. So the search for team members and a detailed experiment began. Now, 9 months later, we have our first hardware components and the idea is actually taking physical form. The end is in sight: the launch in Kiruna. We have had a lot of fun so far and are looking forward to the rest of the journey!
It has now been 4 weeks since we had to hand in the latest version of the CDR and almost a week has passed since the CDR itself. Schematics and CAD drawings have been created, software was tested.
Fortunately for us the panel was very happy with our work – we passed the CDR. It was also very nice meeting all the other teams again after the training week in March.
So what’s next? Our real work begins! We have 6 weeks to build our complete system. That means all the electrical components will have to be ordered, workshops will receive our drawings and create all mechanical structures. The software team will need to provide a fully functioning software by then. It also means a lot of coffee consumption and late night work.