T-Minus present at ESA-PAC symposium in Tromsø
Like previous editions, T-Minus Engineering was present at this year’s biannual ESA-PAC symposium on sounding rockets and balloons. This year’s edition took place in Tromsø, Norway. With 200 papers presented on 11 different topics, this 5 day long symposium is the ideal platform for T-Minus to present the T-Minus DART project to the rest of the sounding rocket community, and to exchange ideas for future projects.
The ESA-PAC symposium is organized every second year in one of the Esrange Andøya Special Project (EASP) member states. This symposium is the most important platform for presenting the research performed in Europe with sounding rockets and balloons. Next to that, delegations of countries outside Europe like Brazil, US, Japan, China and Russia were present to present their work. T-Minus made its presence with an exhibition booth and a presentation, both focused on the T-Minus DART project. Next to that, 4 representatives were present to clarify our ideas to the sounding rocket community.
For T-Minus, the symposium was very successful: we acquired lots of new interesting contacts, while other contacts were renewed. The reactions to the DART project were overwhelmingly positive, and we gained many new interests and ideas from potential customers. For us, this underlines that the T-Minus DART is exactly what the scientific community is looking for, and that this product has a very high potential. Now, it is up to us to make the DART market-ready, so that the first scientific results can be present presented at the next ESA-PAC symposium, in 2017.
On the way to Tromsø, we paid a visit to Esrange Space Center to discuss details on the European H2020 subsidy proposal for DART, in which the Swedish Space Corporation, T-Minus Engineering, DLR MORABA and KTH university are participating. While there, we had the chance to present our ideas to the Swedish minister of Education and Space, who visited Esrange as well.