The five students, who are studying either Aeronautical or Mechanical Engineering masters degrees, spent four days at ESEC-Galaxia in Redu, Belgium, in preparation to test their cutting-edge technology in zero-gravity in Bordeaux, France in the Autumn.
During their time in Belgium, the students – whose project team name is PHP Cubed – have gained insights from industry experts and taken part in space-based activities including walking on the surface of the ‘moon’ via a virtual reality headset.
The experience enabled the team members to develop skills including project management, system engineering principles and space science.
PHP Cubed (Liam Ardagh, Georgie Crewdson, Tom Critchley, Mateo Pontecorvo and Alex Evans) are one of just two teams in Europe that will sample their technology in zero-gravity via NoveSpace’s parabolic flight platform as part of the European Space Agency’s educational Fly Your Thesis! programme.