Germany’s Astronauts

Radiation is omnipresent in space and thus affects all astronauts, be they American, European, Chinese, Russian, or from any other part of the world. However, as a German university group, we naturally have a special interest in “our” German astronauts and their European colleagues. Germany has a long history of manned space flight, dating back…

How Do We Measure Radiation?

Space radiation consists of countless tiny particles—smaller than the atoms in your body—whizzing around at close to the speed of light. How can we detect things so small that no microscope on Earth could possibly reveal them? Most radiation particles carry an electrical charge. Electrons and protons have an intrinsic charge with equal absolute value…

Our Partners for 3D-DOS — kiwi and SpaceStarters

Last year, the Airbus kiwi team announced a challenge for university teams to get the chance to conduct an experiment on the International Space Station (ISS). Researching technologies to precisely characterize the space radiation environment, Thomas and Martin had a few ideas up their sleeves. Through the support of former German astronaut Ulrich Walter, now…

The Start of a New Endeavor

At last we can reveal what we have been working on these past months! Last summer, we participated in a challenge held by Airbus DS kiwi and were selected as one of two university teams to fly an experiment to the International Space Station (ISS). kiwi partnered with the American company Space Tango to give students the…