Delphini-1 control room inaugurated on 28 June 2018

Some 70 friends of SAC and the Delphini-1 satellite program attended the inauguration of the satellite control room at the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

2018.07.05 | Ole J. Knudsen

Not at big as Houston - but it's ours! Photo: LK AU photo.

Aarhus calling Delphini-1

 

The first Aarhus University satellite Delphini-1 is well underway!

 

Next step towards launch and operation of the first AUSAT satellite Delphini-1 was reached with the inauguration of the new satellite control room based at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, in a room sufficiently large to accomodate the future student operators and the occasional visiting class from gymnasium or school.

The festivities on 28 June started with a warm welcome by Head of Department of Physics and Astronomy Lars Andersen followed up by short  comments from PI Hans Kjeldsen, project scientist and main work force Victoria Antoci, Rune Hylsberg Jacobsen, AU Dept. of Engineering, and then slightly longer entires from Head of SAC Jørgen Christensen-Dalsgaard, Vice-Dean Søren Rud Keiding, Aarhus University Research Foundation board member Klaus Mølmer, Special Adviser at the Space Division of the Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education Cecilie Tornøe and finally Project Mananger at GOMspace Virginia Hanessian.

Next point in the agenda was the formal ribbon cutting, done by Lars Andersen, while the braided blue and white silk paper ribbon was held up by supporters of the Delphini-1 programme; from left Cecilie Tornøe, Klaus Mølmer, Lars Andersen with scissors, Rune Hylsberg Jacobsen, Bo Holm Jacobsen, AU Department of Geoscience and Virginia Hanessian. Absent in the picture, but extremely present in the Delphini-1 project as Project Scientist is Victoria Antoci of SAC.

       

Contact - Nestor locking on                      Technical detalis                  Katerina esplaining

Our guests were then separated in 3 groups and students connected to the project proudly gave demonstrations in the new control room, and of link-ups to already orbiting satellites and of the Delphini-1 camera and communications equipment.

  

Delphini-1 itself was also present, eager to be lanunched in November 2018 from Wallops Island to the International Space Station, and the guests recieved a commemomating mug, a sticker and the possibility of building their own 1:1 scale version of Delphini-1.

      

The guided tours of the facilities ended with at toast in bubbles and a nice reception buffet.

More about Delphini-1 here.

Photos by CT, LBK, OJK.

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