On Monday 16 July a group of 60 European students arrived in Alpbach (Tyrol, Austria) to learn about and work on the topic of Space Weather. Split into four groups (Red, Green, Blue and Orange) they were subjected to a rigorous program of lectures in the morning and workshops in the afternoon and evening (and ultimately in the night). The lectures varied from Solar Physics and Space Physics to Satellite Mission Design and Risk Management. After the first full day of lectures and a nice BBQ, the different groups sat together and got acquainted with each other. But then after the second day of lectures the real work started, each group sat in its own classroom and had to come up with ideas for a Space Weather Mission for ESA.
Team Orange as science tutor together with Jaan Praks as an engineering tutor.On Tuesday afternoon Peter Falkner presented the different groups and "my" team (names listed below) knew it was doomed to spend the rest of the time with the weird guy with the orange hat.
After the common dinner at Böglerhof, we went down to the school again to start thinking about a project. Just let your imagination flow and see what comes out. Various ideas were presented, from having electric sails in a constellation along the Parker spiral; a set of satellites flying from Earth to Mars, staying there for a while and then come back to Earth to measure the total dose of radiation that astronauts; a constellation of 4 spacecraft around the Sun near Venus's orbit to scan for Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) - but there we were "outbid" in the end by Team Blue who proposed six! - and a closer to Earth project to study the influence of the Sun on the Earth's thermosphere and ionosphere.
|Adonis stands for|
"Atmospheric Drag, Occultation 'N' Ionospheric Scintillation."
not only a computer,
but also a state of mind
|Three bottles of |
"Alpbach Beer" cooling
for the final celebration.
|Michaela Gitsch, blindfolded, draws|
the next presenting team to from
the box, helped by
Michel Jakob (l) and Peter Falkner (r).
|Half of Team Orange |
at the Grand Dinner
- Best Science Definition: Team Green
- Best Technical Case: Team Red
- Head Tutor - Steepest Learning Curve: Team Blue
- Most Competitive: Team Orange
- Best Presentation: Team Green
|Roger Bonnet just handed|
the Oscars to Team Orange
- Martina Edl
- Francesco Gini
- Linn-Kristine Glesnes Odegaard
- Nina Magnet
- Jedrzej Gorski
- Sebastian Hettrich
- Yann Kempf
- Nikolaos Perakis
- Owen Roberts
- David Sarria
- Maximilian Schemmer
- Stefan Schindler
- David Steenari
- Jaroslave Urbar
- Melinda Verebelyine Dosa
|Last impression of the classroom|
with Jaan sitting in the middle
|Me, Peter Falkner and Manuela Temmer|
So, now it is time to rest and gather strength for the "Post Alpbach" from 9 to 13 December in Graz. The jury chose the challenging project of Team Blue (6 spacecraft at Venus's orbit monitoring the Sun for CME warnings) to be further developed by a select group of 15 participants of the Summer School. I am sure I will see some of Team Orange back again.