The prototype of the team circuit and radio has been completed. These are just some rudimentary tools, but we are already designing the circuit we will be using on the competition.
It was a pleasure to hear that our presentation at the University of Pannonia on April 12th was successful and two of our members, Botond Bán, and Péter Álmos Unyi have won the technical section of the József Hlavay National Environmental Science and Engineering Student Conference.
The website of the annual conference can be found here:http://mk.uni-pannon.hu/index.php/tehetseggondozas/hlavay
This Monday we were lucky to have a conversation with Andrew Illyés, a member of the previous Hungarian team. This way he could meet our whole team while we had the chance to talk to him about the more problematic parts of our project. Now we know: This ain’t no child’s play.
This Friday, after waiting for it a long time, we finally had a meeting with the consultant of team HunSat, Levente Dudás.
The meeting was at the UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY AND ECONOMICS OF BUDAPEST (in Hungarian, Budapesti Műszaki Egyetem, or BME), at the ground station of MASAT-1 and SMOG-1. The moment we entered, we could sense that we are in another world, beacause we haven't been in a place like this before. We talked about the competition, radio communication and certanly, about our satellite.
After the 2-hour conversation, we had to digest a lot of information. We learned a lot of things that we hadn't expected and we are very grateful for the experience.
We started our work a couple of weeks ago. You can read about it below. From now on we will try to inform you regularly about our progress.
28 December 2018.:
The venue of our first official meeting was Saint Stephen University (in Hungarian, Szent István Egyetem, or SZIE), where we talked about important issues. We talked about (or learned?) how to design the parachute, and discussed the experiments and the basics of electrical design. It was very exciting, because we were in the university's physics lab - and we were all very keen and interested in everything we saw there.
I also announced here, that László Gung invited us to Radio Kossuth (one of Hungary's National Radio), to be interviewed in his daily show called "Good afternoon, Hungary!". We were all happy, because it's good for the team's fame, and we can fulfil the requirements of the Outreach Program of the competition.
3 January 2019.:
We made our first discussion of the new year at SZIE (University). We started out by experimenting with the temperature and air pressure sensors and working on the biological experiment. This discussion made it clear what we're going to do and how.
4 January 2019.
In the headquarters of MTI (Hungarian News Agency)! The conversation was great, but we had too little time. We would like to thank László Gungl and Radio Kossuth for the invitation!
11 January 2019.
This day's discussion was held at the pyhsics hall of our school. Here we tested the blood pressure sensor made by Kristóf. Of course, we tested it as an air pressure sensor.
21 January 2019.
We tested the resistance thermometer (RT), and examined it with a microscope. We developped the biological experiment too.
Interesting fact: there's a thin platinum fiber in the resistance thermometer, if the temperature changes, its resistance changes directly. Certanly, the RT's name comes from it.
30 January 2019.
At last, the parachute is ready! Zoltán Nagy, an official parachute instructor, made it. Let's test it.
8 February 2019.
After some smaller tests, we tested the parachute from high altitude. By this we measured the air pressure and the temperature with the BMP280 sensor.
Unfortunately, it landed twice on a tree because of the wind.
On 14 December, after the basic idea was put on paper and the application was submitted, ESA announced which teams could represent their countries in the final. We are among them, so we are heading for the final! Besides many European teams, we will also compete against Can (ada) Sat from Canada. You can find the webpage of the ESA below, where the news was published.
Peter Álmos Unyi