Brace for Impact

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Today was a beautiful day, although it started with a few clouds. After analyzing yesterday’s logs we tried to optimize our acceleration curve and really pushed the climber to its limits. After the arrival at the competition-site, we had our first timeslot for testruns. Due to “strong” winds, today the balloon was lowered. At every […]

Successful Trials

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8 o’clock am, Senba Park, sunny, 12°C Official start of the Space Elevator Challenge 2017. First off, all participants gathered at the Challenge Headquarters. Unfortunately the introduction and all instructions were in japanese. Afterwards our climber got checked by the technical Inspector. For official altitude and speed measurements we had to attach a Measurement Payload […]

Lightning strikes

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We started our third day in Mito like all the others – in a bakery. Things we had on our list for today: – Try the famous Taiyaki – a sweet fish-shaped waffle with different fillings – Buying stamps, since we hadn’t found any the day before – Meeting with Mr. Shimazaki at the event area […]

Flying to Tokyo

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Today we started our trip to Japan. The route was spread with some, let’s call them “hickups” just for fun. The S8 to the airport got cancelled, so just business as usual there. We managed to get to the airport eventually and that was where the fun started. Our battery packs are a bit too […]