Wednesday, 1 December 2010

A couple of pictures of the vibration tests

Pictures of the Vibration Tests!

Hi All! The pictures of our vibration test are available on our facebook page! After each axis verification, we performed a functional test and pictures of this are presented too.

Just serach for 'sponge rexus' on google!

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Monday, 22 November 2010


Antonio Selmo, electronic engineer, who gave us his help with electronic boards.
Thanks very much Antonio!!

All cabling has been redone!

Saturday, 20 November 2010

News!!

Hi guys! Today still working on our electronics...yesterday we verified the final design of the locking system and now we just have to perform the final tests before vibrating SPONGE.

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Latest News

Hi Guys, today we' ve been working with Andrea Scapin. We have drilled the holes for the cameras, mounted the camera supports, the slip ring on its housing, the sponge inside the tank.
We have mounted the plates within our module and tomorrow together with Fabio we'll mount the electronic boards.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Today and yesterday we've been drilling the holes on the bulkhead and platforms.
This afternoon we are going to assembly the electronic boards on the bulkhead.

Monday, 8 November 2010

Hi All! We are now drilling the holes on our rotating plate for electronics accomodation. Next week : EAR and then: vibration tests...=)

Thursday, 30 September 2010

Hi guys! All the tests we performed have been passed! The latest have been the cold tests on the cameras. They have worked at -20,4°C.

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Set-up of the pressure test


Nicolas preparing the pressure test for the SPONGE tank.

This afternoon the tests have started and will go on until tomorrow morning. In the meanwhile, the pressure inside the tank is being monitored to verify if leaking is present.

MEMS Soldering


The MEMS Gyro has been partially soldered! And the accelerometer is coming soon.

SPONGE mock-up Test

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This morning we performed the mock-up test and it went fine!

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

A New Team Member!

The third guy you can see here in this picture on the right (apart from Andrea Scapin and Nicolas) is Davide Rondini, our software guy! We are pleased to introduce him!

Tank Mock-Up

Here are the new photos of SPONGE mock-up! And tomorrow we'll start the pressure testing...

Monday, 28 June 2010

CDR Photos

New photos of our stay at Oberpfaffenhofen for the CDR are available!
Here we are with our new pictures! We've been very busy preparing for the CDR and reviewing our project. Now we are back with new stuff!

Sunday, 21 February 2010

Working to Improve our Experiment

These days we are working hard to simplify and improve the mechanics of our experiment and to define properly the electronics. The new designs will be attached to the 'Resources' page of our official website as soon as they are ready!

Thursday, 11 February 2010


Hi! Our blog has been updated with the pictures of our last journey to Sweden for the PDR of the SPONGE experiment! Have a look!

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

We have been to Esrange until friday, the 5th of February! It has been a tough student training week, lots of information has been provided by the experts and all the student teams had their PDR. After the training week we had the chance to visit Stockholm and stay there for a couple of days: it's a fantastic city, we have loved it!
Coming soon: Photos and comments on both the training week in Kiruna and the two days we spent in Stockholm.

Sunday, 24 January 2010

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Friday, 22 January 2010

Marta, Francesco, Nicolas and Federico are attending their PhD at CISAS - University of Padova in the propulsion section; whereas Devis is going to graduate in electronic engineering at University of Padova.

A New Team Member!

At first we were just 4 aerospace engineers, but finally we were able to find an electronic engineer joining our group! He will come to Kiruna with us and help us during the REXUS9/10 campaign.

Student Training Week - ESRANGE


Here we are! On the 31st of January we are going to fly to Kiruna for the PDR of our experiment! This night we finished our presentation and now we are looking forward for this new experience to start.

We have been selected by ESA and SNSB during the REXUS/BEXUS Selection Workshop in December 2009. It took place in Noordwijck, at ESTEC and we had the opportunity to meet other students' teams of various european contries.

We are one of the students' teams taking part in the REXUS9/10 campaign, thus our experiment is going to be one of the nine which will be accommodated on a module of the REXUS sounding rocket!

We are very happy for this opportunity!