Student Training Week

Our first polar lights
Our first polar lights

On Sunday, 14th February, four of us travelled to Kiruna, which is the northernmost town in Sweden, to participate in the Student Training Week. After a long flight we met the other teams at the airport before we were picked up by bus and brought to the Esrange Space Center. We arrived late in the night and had a homely welcome.
The next morning the Training Week began with a safety briefing and general information about REXUS/BEXUS and the sponsors and supporters. After dinner we went for a walk and saw the first polar lights. It was an amazing impression!
During the week we had a lot of interesting and helpful lectures concerning mechanics, software design, verification and testing, management and outreach. In order to get to know each other every team introduced its experiment in a short presentation and we had a funny team building session, where we had to recreate a plane with Lego bricks. In our free time we went cross-country skiing, sledding and enjoyed spending time with the other teams and the experts.
On Wednesday we presented our experiment to the Review Board, which went very well. Thereafter the experts discussed the SED (Student Experiment Document) and gave us some advice. Now we wait for the PDR report.
On the last day we visited the iron ore mine in Kiruna, which is one of the largest underground iron ore mines in the world. Afterwards we had some time to see the center and the church of Kiruna before we went to the Ice Hotel of Jukkasjärvi. Besides the hotel there is a chapel and a bar made out of snow and ice.
It was a great week with fantastic experiences, so we would like to thank all people responsible, who enabled and organized the week and also the other teams for the great time!
Under Student Training Week in the gallery you can see more pictures!