To honour its 75th birthday, the society of aerospace students ‘Leonardo da Vinci’ has started an unique project. The goal:
To inspire the youth of the Netherlands and make them enthousiastic about spaceflight, by showing them the impact of spaceflight on society.
To realise this, the society intends to launch a CubeSat with educational purposes in an orbit around Earth. The teaching program bundled with the satellite will allow students of the primary and secondary school level in the whole country to connect with spaceflight. This way, we give something back to society in celebration of our lustrum.
The satellite payload consists of two modules to support the educational aspect. The first payload is intended mainly for a primary school audience, and will be a zero-gravity dice game. Pupils will have the opportunity to activate the dice mechanism from the classroom, allowing them to “throw” said dice and make a video of said dice “hanging” in zero gravity. The second payload will be an interactive computer memory module bitflip to show secondary school students the impact of radiation on computer devices in space.
In order to realise this project, a team of 55 students has been assembled from various faculties at the TU Delft to develop this satellite and the corresponding educational module. They will work together in five different teams to achieve this ambitiuous goal, in collaboration with the aid of many professional partners from both educational and professional entities.
The satellite is currently in its final design phase, with the team preparing for the first assembly and testing phases. Funding for the design, assembly, and testing of the satellite have been fully secured, thanks to donations and help from society funds and industry partners. We are currently hard at work to enable the last part of our journey: the launch, planned for early 2022.
On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the ‘Vliegtuigbouwkundige’ Study Association ‘Leonardo da Vinci’, it is the mission to design, build and launch the educational ‘Da Vinci Satellite’. This satellite will provide a direct connection to space for primary and secondary school students.
By means of a teaching package, all satellite data will be brought directly into the classroom to make space more tangible for the children. In this way, students of all ages will be able to learn about space and everything related to space in an interactive way.
Space travel is indispensable in modern everyday life. It is of social importance that people understand what is happening to our Earth. By becoming acquainted with space travel from an early age, children can become inspired and motivated to discover the world. This may have to do with technology, global warming or sustainability in a broader sense.
With the ‘Da Vinci Satellite’, school children can interactively become acquainted with and learn about space and what is involved in it. Youth has the future, so it is important to create awareness. Together we elevate education to a higher level!