Today we had the opportunity to visit one of the most famous universities in the world, TUM. It is a university that was founded in 1868 and is located in Munich. This university has a prominent place due to these valued resources in the field of research. In addition to all its interesting research centers, it has many international cooperation agreements favoring student exchanges. Arriving at the Garsching campus, we were greeted by Mrs. Layla and Larissa, two student exchange coordinators. Subsequently, we headed to the department of Aeronautics where we met with M.Sc. Sebastien Rucherl and Dr.-Ing. Martin Langer. They told us about the Move II project. In fact it is a group of many students from different concentrations: mechanical, electrical and computer science. They launched their own satellite in space. In this project, they develop the communication system, the onboard data processing system, the attitude control system and the power supply. Mr. Langer told us about the mini satellite called CubeSats. Indeed, this satellite contains a micro-mechanical system and several PCB (printed electrical circuits), its size is 10x10x13 cm and weight around 0.912kg. These CubeSats contain cameras that allow to take pictures of the planet of very good quality at a high enough height.
After the presentation of the MOVE II project, we went to visit the lab where they build and test these mini satellite. In this lab, we were able to see an exact copy of the MOVE II satellite that they use to test and simulate a space environment before sending modification to the satellite in orbit.
To finish the visit of TUM, we tried the “parabola slide” in the department of mathematics and we ended up at the coffee shop on the rooftop of TUM downtown campus to admire a beautiful view.