Reception and Dinner

On Friday 12 October a reception followed by a gourmet dinner was served by very friendly personnel in the very nice “Officers Casino” of the University. The dinner -composed of “Mango Salad with Prawns”, an “Elder Sorbet”, “Grilled Veal Steak with Weissbier Sauce and Baked Potato” and “Seasonal Vegetables” and accompanied by white and red wine was topped by a dessert consiting of a “Variation of 3 Pancakes” and “Brittle Ice Cream” and finished with an Espresso- took  place in a very friendly and congenial atmosphere.

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The Visit to the German Space Test Centre IABG took place on Friday afternoon

A bus transported the visitors to IABG at 17:00 hrs and returned to the EMC12 location in time for the receptionn and dinner.

The 18 participants of the visit to the IABG space test center enjoyed a professionally commented 2 1/2 hours tour through the space test facilities of IABG, one of the largest test centres in Europe and member of the “European Coordinated Test Facilities” organisation testing all of the European space hardware of ESA. IABG is privately run and performs tests not only on space hardware but also on aircraft components up to complete wings. For this purpose test facilities for environmental tests, dynamic loads, static load, thermal vacuum, magnetic and environmental cleanliness are available up to sizes allowing for example the test of complete satellites. The magnetic test facility is the most advanced in Europe allowing the test of satellites and equipment requiring the highest standard of magnetic cleanliness. The magnetometer of the MIRIAM-2 spacecraft was just under test there and presented by Daniel Heyner from the University of Braunschweig, which can be considered as one of the leading centers in the world for the development of magnetic measurement sensors flying on scientific satellites.

Amongst other facilities the large 6-m thermal vacuum chamber could be seen, where next year the complete MIRIAM vehicle with its 4-m balloon will be tested. The balloon will be inflated in the test chamber under free space conditions as during the mission.

More information on the IABG test facilities is available here and on the IABG space test program here.