July 12 - 21, 2016: Summer School Alpbach, Satellite Observations of the Global Water Cycle
Would you like to use engineering and/or science to address solutions to problems that can be addressed by space missions? If yes, consider applying to the Summer School Alpbach.
This year, sixty European engineering and science students will be chosen to participate in the 40th edition of the Summer School Alpbach, a ten day learning opportunity held in the beautiful Austrian Alps. Accepted participants will be engaged in an in-depth learning experience. Over ten days participants will attend stimulating lectures on various aspects of space science and technology and will work intensely within a smaller group to define and design a space mission, all under the supervision of noted scientific and engineering experts within the field.
The topic of the Summer School Alpbach 2016 is the global water cycle. Viewed from space, a most striking feature of our planet is the abundance of water in liquid and frozen forms. Water is a main driving element of the global climate system and a prerequisite for live on Earth.
November 2015: Dr. Kuo, Dr. Scharlemann,
Dr. Chang at talks regarding cooperation
between NSPO, FHWN and FOTEC.
For several years the University of Applied Sciences, FHWN, and its R&D partner FOTEC have been developing a new space propulsion engine. Its unique selling point is the use of low toxicity fuels. FHWN and FOTEC’s expertise is globally unique. NSPO, Taiwan’s Space Agency, heard about their scientific advancements and invited Aerospace Engineering Department Head Dr. Carsten Scharlemann to Hinchui to share his team’s knowledge and experience. During several lectures Dr. Scharlemann briefed scientists of NSPO, as well as professors and students at Taiwan’s largest engineering university, Cheng-Kung National University in Tainan. In negotiations with Dr. Chang, Director of NSPO, Dr. Scharlemann discussed cooperation opportunities amongst the three institutions. Transferring research knowledge into the classroom and lab setting is a major FHWN goal: partnering with NSPO would benefit the Aerospace Engineering students as well as the Department and FOTEC.
|DLR Summer School 2015|| |
Die zweiwöchige Summer School des DLR über Raumfahrtantriebe fand auf dem Testgelände des DLR in Lampoldshausen, wohl einem der europaweit geeignetsten Orte für diese Thematik, statt. Experten aus Industrie und Forschung präsentierten aktuelle Technologien aus dem Bereich der Raumfahrtantriebe mit Schwerpunkt auf Flüssigkeitsantriebe. Aber auch elektrische und Feststoffantriebe sowie das Ariane Programm wurden nicht außer Acht gelassen. Neben diesem technischen Fokus wurden auch die Strukturen und Hintergründe der ESA und des DLR erläutert.
|Neben vielen theoretischen Vorlesungen fanden auch mehrere Workshops statt, in denen zum Beispiel Hybridmotoren zusammengebaut oder Verbrennungsinstabilitäten analysiert wurden. Der Start einer kleinen Rakete, eine "Geocaching-Schnitzeljagd" sowie Ausflüge zu einer Sternwarte und ins Technik Museum Speyer, rundeten die Summer School ab und förderten das gegenseitige Kennenlernen der Teilnehmer. Ein besonderer Höhepunkt war der Testbetrieb eines Vulcain 2 Triebwerkes, was einen guten Eindruck eines echten Ariane Starts vermittelte.|
DLR, German Aerospace Center, hosted a 2 week Summer School in what is probably the most suitable location for testing propulsion units: in Lampoldshausen, Germany. Theory was combined with hands-on workshops. For example, construction of a hybrid motor, instability in combustion and a Geocaching "treasure hunt".
Link: German text http://www.dlr.de/dlr/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-10452/648_read-15353/year-all/#/gallery/20867
|October 1, 2015|| |
Cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov held an Open Lecture here today at the FH/University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt. He spoke of his training as pilot, engineer and cosmonaut. He showed the audience a short film taken in the International Space Station where he has already fulfilled two missions. The most amazing part of the space mission: doing a space walk! And he would do it again: Ready, anytime!
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Cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov with
Dr. Carsten Scharlemann
|FHWN & FOTEC’s contribution to NASA mission MMS:|
The Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission (MMS) is one of the highlights of the Space mission of NASA this year. The MMS mission will investigate Earth’s magnetic field and the interaction between Earth’s and Sun’s magnetic field using four satellites (the picture shows the four satellites shortly before integration into the fairing, source: http://mms.gsfc.nasa.gov/about_mms.html ).
Several Austrian institutes have participated in the preparation of this mission, including the research company FOTEC (www.fotec.at) and the Fachhochschule Wiener Neustadt (www.fhwn.ac.at/aero). In order that the four satellites can make those highly sensitive measurements they have to control their charge status. One has to imagine this similar to grounding electrical devices here on ground. If one does not ground the satellite it might charge up very quickly to several hundreds of volt, making a measurement impossible or, in the worst case, destroy sensitive equipment.
Together with the Grazer Institute für Weltraumforschung ( IWF) we have developed the instrument to ensure the charge balance of the four MMS satellites. Our contribution in particular was the development of so-called “ion sources” which ensure the production and acceleration of the charged particles (ions).
The launch is scheduled for Thursday the 12th of March, 22:44, local US, East coast time.
Let’s cross our fingers everything works out!
The Aerospace Engineering team (FHWN)
The Aerospace Engineering Department of the University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt, together with its project partners, FOTEC (www.fotec.at), the Spaceteam of the TU Wien (http://spaceteam.at/), the Österreichisches Weltraumforum (ÖWF) and the Institut für Astrophysik der Uni Wien presented the Project
PEGASUS: A student-built Nanosatellite !
Numerous Media reported extensively about the project in print press, internet, radio and TV:
|January 14 - 16, 2015: Horizon 2020 Project Rheform|
The kick-off meeting for the Horizon 2020 project RHEFORM took place on 14-16th of January on the premises of DLR.
The Aerospace Engineering department of the FHWN will investigate new, advanced propellants for the space industry and design, manufacture and test new propulsion systems. The project will run for three years. The FHWN cooperates with following partners:
o DLR (consortium lead), Germany
o ECAPS, Sweden
o FOI, Sweden
o FOTEC, Austria
o Lithoz, Austria
o University of Poitiers, France
For other projects of FOTEC and the Aerospace Engineering department, please go to http://www.fotec.at/en