22th of April, 2015 @ ‘t Boterhuis, Delft
Orion MPCV, headed by NASA, developed by Lockheed Martin and Airbus Defense and Space (under auspices of ESA). This bi-weekly was all about the new multipurpose crew vehicle that is currently being developed. We had interesting discussions about its programmatics and technical details. A grab from the topics: “Is Orion/SLS just a project to keep the US Senate happy?”, “Is there a need for government funded LEO access?”, “If it cannot go to Mars, what is there in Beyond Earth Orbit to do?”
Andreas Kleinschneider, BSc. is a master student space exploration and a Fellow of Vis Viva. He recently finished his internship at Airbus Defense and Space in Bremen, where he was part of the systems engineering team for the European Service Modele (ESM) and of the Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV).
Orion MPCV: The new Apollo?
– Andreas Kleinschneider, BSc
18th of March, 2015 @ ‘t Boterhuis, Delft
This bi-weekly was all about exoplanet hunting by means of polarimetry. As one of the methods polarimetry offers the another possibility of finding exoplanets, but also to characterize them. Based on the polarization of the light, scientists can infer whether the surface is likely to have vegetation, if the atmosphere contains a lot of water, et cetera.
Thijs Arts, BSc. is a MSc. student working on his thesis on the use of polarimetry for exoplanet hunting and characterization.
Searching for Habitable Exoplanets
– Thijs Arts, BSc
4th of March, 2015@ ‘t Boterhuis, Delft
This bi-weekly covers rocket engineering at its best. Stacha Petrovic from DARE presented the current progress and the prospects for their DEIMOS-F liquid rocket engine.
Stacha Petrovic, BSc is a MSc student at the chair of Astrodynamics and Space Missions. Within DARE, the Delft Aerospace Rocket Engineering society, he is the current team leader of the liquid rocket propulsion team.
DEIMOS-F: Progress and Prospects
– Stacha Petrovic, BSc
18th of February, 2015@ ‘t Boterhuis, Delft
Not HAL9000, but Jacco Geul gave a one-night workshop on neural networks and space related applications. Attendees learnt all about neural networks, machine learning, controller design, and applications, during an interactive (Matlab) demonstration.
Jacco Geul, MSc is co-chairman of Vis Viva and currently engaged in PhD research at the chair of Astrodynamics and Space Missions. He did his MSc thesis on low-thrust trajectory optimization using neurocontrol.
Neural networks in space
– Jacco Geul, MSc
21st of January, 2015 @ ‘t Boterhuis, Delft
The year 2015 is due to be an exciting year for space people alike. In this bi-weekly Roy Bijster provides a look into the future and gives an overview of news to-be, sometimes announced, sometimes a (whole) bit speculative.
Roy Bijster is the co-chairman of Society Vis Viva and holds BSc and MSc degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Space Systems Engineering, respectively. Currently he is involved in PhD research in micromechanical systems.
News-outlook for 2015
– Roy Bijster, MSc
14th of December, 2014 @ Beestenmarkt, Delft
When the days get a bit shorter and colder, there is nothing better than to indulge in a typical Dutch tradition: ice skating. This of course is succeeded by yet another tradition: warming back up inside over a nice warm beverage.
10th of December, 2014 @ ‘t Boterhuis, Delft
Reaching for the Stars is a lecture series on topics relevant for interstellar space flight. “Propulsion”, the second part of this three part series, discusses new and future forms of propulsion that are required for leaving our solar system and visiting neighboring planetary systems.
Barry Zandbergen has been a lecturer in space propulsion systems at the faculty of Aerospace Engineering of Delft University of Technology since 1996. His research efforts are focussed on spacecraft systems engineering, covering the design, manufacture and verification of small satellites.
Reaching for the Stars
– ir. Barry Zandbergen, TU Delft
26th of November, 2014 @ ‘t Boterhuis, Delft
Satellites are shrinking, components are more and more becoming off-the-shelve components. Ran Qedar will be talking on Plug and Play satellites and the future of their design and production at the next bi-weekly.
Plug and Play Satellites
– Ran Qedar, BSc
12th of November, 2014 @ The Fiddler, The Hague
With a new blockbuster in cinemas discussing interstellar spaceflight, Vis Viva discusses with Zach Fejes of the Icarus Project the technical challenges of real interstellar flight and the community of engineers, scientists and enthusiasts aiming to make it possible.
29th of October, 2014 @ Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Delft
15th of October, 2014 @ ‘t Boterhuis, Delft
24th of September, 2014 @ ‘t Boterhuis, Delft
11th of June, 2014 @ Hive zaal, TU Delft Library, Delft
Are habitable exoplanets bad news for humanity?!
Oxford University Academic Project Leader Andrew Snyder-Beattie of the Future of Humanity Institute of surely seems to think so. We will have a teleconference with him to discuss this matter. How would you weigh in on this discussion?
Andrew’s article can be found here.
4th of June, 2014 @ ‘t Boterhuis, Delft
After philosophical discussion and talks of general interest, Thijs Arts, a Master student of the chair of Space Systems Engineering of TU Delft gave a technical talk on (spectro)polarimetry. During his internship at the university of Florida he worked on the IMPS instrument, which he will introduced to us!
10th and 11th of May, 2014 @ Space Expo, Noordwijk, The Netherlands
Vis Viva was co-organisor and sponsor of SpaceUpNL: the first SpaceUp unconference. Fellows Jacco Geul and Frederik Bräuer were involved in the organisation on our behalf. Click on “View story” to read the full account of fellow Sander van Oers.
6th of May, 2014 @ De Atmosfeer, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Delft
Debate does not only belong in the realm of politics. Engineers and scientists have plenty to discuss and argue about. This became clear at our 23rd bi-weekly. To kick-off Mihir Bhagat summarized the news of the past four months and highlighted anything that might spark some discussion. The second half of the meeting was filled with a presentation and guided discussion by Andreas Kleinschneider on the cancellation of the Constellation program.
23rd of April, 2014 @ ‘t Boterhuis, Delft
Who can build the best imaginary rocket in three hours? That was the competition our attendees faced in our Kerbal Space Program competition! Ingo first gave a presentation on the models that work in the background of KSP and Gjalt organized the competition. The goals: 1) Get in orbit; 2) Circular orbit at an altitude as high as possible; 3) with the least amount of parts. Boudewijn Schwieters may call himself the king of the hill, at least until the next competition!
9th April, 2014 @ ‘t Boterhuis, Delft
Space disasters, anecdotes, and little-known facts were the topic of our 21st bi-weekly meeting. Erwin Mooij delivered a great talk titled “Legend, myth, or history: the hysteria of spaceflight.” Even with this evening full of facts, we might see round two with more stories some time in the future…
19th March, 2014 @ ‘t Boterhuis, Delft
Discussing space topics is at the heart of Society Vis Viva. As such, our twentieth meeting was Vis Viva at its best: Roy Bijster prepared a discussion on the origins of life. Where did life originate? Should we search for extraterrestrial life? What missions would be best suited for that? These are only but a few questions that sparked conversations!
26th February, 2014 @ ‘t Boterhuis, Delft
Our 19th bi-weekly was a very special one: Vis Viva and its members celebrated the first anniversary of the society! The Fellows met early that evening for dinner which was followed by a regular bi-weekly with Erik Laan. He spoke on the Space Based Economy and his vision on what space means for the national economy.
15th January, 2014 @ ‘t Boterhuis, Delft
At our first bi-weekly meeting of 2014, Boudewijn Schwieters became a Fellow by hosting a discussion on sustainability in space and a presentation on the mission analysis of DelFFi. Ingo Gerth also gave another iteration of our regular news round-up! All in all: a great start to a new year full of space activities.
11th December, 2013@ ‘t Boterhuis, Delft
This meeting took place just after our trip to DLR and EAC in Cologne. Jacco Geul let this excursion pass review by showing a slideshow with the best pictures. We also watched the documentary “Overview”, leading to some great discussions on public outreach and the fragility of our planet.
6-9 December, 2013 @ Cologne, Germany
In this excursion, our members got an exclusive insight into DLR’s big plant in Cologne. As a highlight we enjoyed a tour of the European Astronaut Centre, where two staff members gave us insight into ESA’s human spaceflight program. Our members got the chance to fly the Soyuz simulator and met astronaut Luca Parmitano, who had just returned from ISS. It was a fantastic experience, both from a professional and cultural point of view—soon to be repeated elsewhere in Europe!
20th November, 2014 @ ‘t Boterhuis, Delft
One of our favorite themes in Society Vis Viva: international cooperation. In this vain, Kanika Garg gave her inaugural talk on her work as a systems engineer for the Parikshit Student Satellite Team. She focused on the cultural differences in the team as compared to Europe. Sander van Oers topped the evening off with a news round-up.
6th November, 2013@ ‘t Boterhuis, Delft
This time, Olga Motsyk lifted the veil of Ukraine’s space program for us. We would like to thank Olga for her great presentation, and welcome her as a new Fellow of Society Vis Viva.
23rd October, 2013 @ Burgerzaken, Leiden
An evening on alien life in the universe. How likely is it that we are (not) alone? Jacco Geul addressed this question in his talk “Messages into the Great Unknown”, and by showing a subsequent documentary on the topic. Further, Alejandro Lopez gave a brief introduction on the activities that the SGAC can offer.
9th October, 2013 @ ‘t Boterhuis, Delft
Space missions can save lives! This was the message of our most recent bi-weekly meetings. Alejandro Lopez outlined Chile’s strategy for using telecommunication satellites as a backbone for disaster relief. Almost becoming a tradition by now, Christoph Becker then gave a news roundup of the past months.
11th September, 2013 @ Burgerzaken, Leiden
Science fact or science fiction? This was the question of our twelfth meeting, where we discussed the cutting edge of space tech and far out technologies. Frederik Bräuer gave on overview of novel concepts in spaceflight. After that, Andreas Kleinschneider present results from his research: the feasibility of Lunar Heliym 3 mining. His team’s conclusion? It will not work!
21th August, 2013 @ ‘t Boterhuis, Delft
Launcher day! On the 11th bi-weekly meeting we discussed launch vehicles, both big and small, horizontal and vertical take-off, from all over the world. Ruwan Ernst gave a presentation on horizontal take-off, re-useable launch vehicles (also known as space planes) and Ingo Gerth led a discussion on future launchers.
7th August, 2013 @ ‘t Boterhuis, Delft
It was time to celebrate at our 10th bi-weekly meeting! And thus, our special guest Philippe Carous from the International Institute of Air & Space Law in Leiden gave a very insightful talk about space policy. In spite of the summer holiday, a sizable crowd engaged in discussions on spaceflight.
24th July, 2014 @ ‘t Boterhuis, Delft
In the midst of the summer holiday, space enthusiasts still met to discuss the latest topics. Saish Sridharan introduced ISRO to us. An opportunity for a sponsored travel to Beijing, the IGSS 2013, was presented by Ingo Gerth. Finally, the latest news were shown and discussed during Clemens Rumpf’s news round-up June-July.
10th July, 2014 @ ‘t Boterhuis, Delft
This bi-weekly meeting was all about the Caltech Space Challenge. As a student at Yale University with a Mechanical Engineering background, he partipated in the Caltech Space Challenge. His team won after a 5 day period in which his 16 member team made a preliminary design for a manned sample return mission to Phobos, one of Mars’ moons.
19th June, 2013 @ Delft University of Technology
We all love space, but everybody needs some time to relax and get plain social every now and then: time for a BBQ. About 30 of our Fellows and colleagues gathered to enjoy cold beer and good meat. Maybe we’ll organize another one later this year!
12th June, 2013 @ ‘t Boterhuis, Delft
All about asteroids: Stefaan Van Wal gave his inaugural activity by presenting sample return missions from all agencies. Roy Bijster concluded the evening by showing some highlights from a Japanese movie dramatization of the Hayabusa mission. Overall: a great evening, foreshadowing many more to come!
29th May, 2013@ ‘t Boterhuis, Delft
With new faces and a few special guests, our sixth meeting was as informative and merry as ever. Lars Hoving became a member by giving an exciting talk about radio telescopes. Vis Viva was presented at SpaceUp Paris this year, which Jacco Geul talked about. Finally, Ingo Gerth gave a news round-up for May.
15th May, 2014 @ Burgerzaken, Leiden
Our first meeting in Leiden was also our most successful one at the time. Vis Viva’s Fellows Niels van der Pas and Christoph Becker presented everything one needs to know about space debris, which led to engaging discussions among our 30 attendants. We were especially pleased to see so many attendants from the Space Law Institue and ESTEC. Till next time!
1st May, 2013 @ ‘t Boterhuis, Delft
With a talk on the Martian water cycle by Andreas Kleinschneider and a news-roundup by Roy Bijster, our fourth bi-weekly meeting was an enjoyable and educative evening. As always, our 20 Fellows, Candidates, and guests engaged in lively discussions and anecdotes about the spaceflight topics. Expect many more such evenings to come!
17th April, 2013 @ ‘t Boterhuis, Delft
At Vis Viva’s third regular’s table, Sander van Oers gave a talk on his research at UCLA: The exploration of Mercury and special surface features. Roy Bijster presented an overview of past and future missions to asteroids.
27th March, 2013 @ ‘t Boterhuis, Delft
At Vis Viva’s second regular’s table, Weijie Wu gave an interesting overview of his work for the Chinese human space program. He also portrayed cultural differences between the European and Chinese work environment in the space sector. Jacco Geul led a discussion centered around some recent developments in space science and industry.
11th March, 2013 @ ‘t Boterhuis, Delft
Vis Viva’s first bi-weekly activity was a success. A nice informal evening with a talk by Clemens Rumpf on the ESA Lunar Lander and the mission’s landing site characterization, followed by a plenary discussion on private Mars exploration initiatives.
Vis Viva launched with a symposium on Mars exploration. This event was celebrated by lectures from three top speakers, an introduction where the founders detailed their vision for this new society and a social drink.