In Bordeaux, Georgie also acted as a test subject for a neurologist team sampling the effect of microgravity on moto neurone activity. She said that meeting other research groups – including Grain Power, the only other student team in Bordeaux – was a rewarding by-product of PHP Cubed’s time in France.
“Not only has this trip allowed us to test our technology in microgravity after 18 months of hard work, it has also enabled us to meet with some incredible research groups across Europe,” she said.
“Grain Power, for instance, successfully printed samples from their microgravity printer using only powder. This potentially contributes to a solution to 3D printing in space and we are extremely proud to have witnessed their progress first-hand.”
Dr Nicholas Miche, Principal Lecturer of the School of Computing, Engineering and Maths, accompanied PHP Cubed on the trip. He said: “After 18 months of intense extra-curricular work, the project has reached its pinnacle and not only high quality data has been collected during the campaign but also a lifetime of memories and happiness.
“What an adventure! I’m so proud and privileged to have followed and witnessed the journey and success of our engineering students. Next step, data processing and conclusions of the investigation.”