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The training week was held from 4th to 8th Feb 2013 at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Oberpfaffenhofen / Munich. The purpose of the training week was to learn how to develop technology for space flights andspace environments. We were taught about many technical subjects like telemetry but also learned about the management behind space flight, like risk management etc.
On Wednesday we were guided through the DLR site in Oberpfaffenhofen during a three hour long tour. It included a look into the DLR’s robot laboratory where next generation robots are currently developed. We were also shown the cleanest hangar in the world, a control center of the International Space Station and much more. It was really fascinating!
On Thurday we held our Preliminary design review (PLR), during which we presented our progress to a board of experts from the DLR/ESA/SSC. We were told that we were quite far with our design and everything went very well. Needless to say, we were quite happy.
On the same day we were invited to a party celebrating the 5 year anniversary of the Columbus Module – a part of the International Space Station developed by the European Space Agency. We went to the Fliegerhorst, which is an airplane museum in Oberschleißheim. After receiving different tours around the museum, we were allowed to dine in between the exhibits. One will hardly find a better place to have dinner!
All in all I have to say that it was a lot of fun and very interesting.
Up to now, FOVS is a proposed experiment – no guarantee that we will ever make it on board the rocket. A selection workshop takes place on December 10th and 11th which contributes to the involved space agencies’ decision which experiments to select for the flight.
Update: Great news: FOVS was selected as one of the experiments to be flown on Rexus in early 2014!