The rain cleared in time for a small group of space nerds to say goodbye to the coast of Carcavelos and board a bus to Lisbon. Today, the last day of Module 1, we had the honor of visiting Deimos and Luso Space.
Deimos Engenharia has been providing advanced design solutions and turnkey space software systems since 2002. The company focuses on systems engineering, ground segment, mission analysis and design and on-board software solutions, as well as the integration of satellites, in the fields of science and exploration. , satellite navigation, Earth observation, space situational awareness and launch vehicles.
We were shown devices that could help measure and track ocean currents (see photos) and learned that there are currently no satellite missions measuring currents, so these yellow, transparent balls provide a lot of important data for scientists and governments!
At Luso Space, we were welcomed by the CEO, Ivo Yves Vieira. Luso Space, also launched in 2002, is a high-tech engineering solutions company with a multidisciplinary team that designs, develops, prototypes, integrates and tests advanced and innovative technological systems and components.
The first product created by Luso Space was the magnetometer. Magnetometers are a kind of space compass that can orient and monitor the position of satellites in real time, by calculating the magnetic field. Luso Space is working on providing this technology for various ESA missions.
My main conclusion for today was how augmented reality can be used to make manufacturing and assembly more efficient, clean and controlled. Thanks to augmented reality, there is no need for checklists and physical instructions and it is possible to have direct quality control by recording the processes in progress. During our visit to Luso Space, we actually got to try out the augmented reality headset (or actually mixed reality) which was AMAZING!
Throughout the day, people started leaving with flights to catch and appointments to keep. Outside of Luso Space, we all said goodbye, already greatly anticipating the third and final module in October. I look forward to seeing these amazing people again soon.
Yesterday we had a preview of what our week in Rotterdam will be like – all I can say is stay tuned!