Day 5 & 6: Last days

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End of CanSat 2018 and flight delays

Our trip has come to an end! Today is basically yesterday but prolonged. We were supposed to leave yesterday but a flight cancellation resulted in us taking a bus to Stokmarknes, taking a flight from there to Bodø. After that we continued to Oslo where we stayed the night, flew off at 6:00 to Copenhagen, from where we flew to Helsinki and finally taking a train home to Vaasa, arriving 18:07. Once more, quite the day.

From ASC to Stokmarknes was an about 2 h bus journey.

The distance from Bodø to Oslo! The red circle shows the island where ASC is located (:
(Disclaimer: Google Maps refused to mark it as only "Bodø", we are not sponsored by Scandic)

Before our very long journey and may flights (in total, we took 8 flights this entire trip), we of had the results announced! The competitions work in a way so that there is one winner/country. This means that one team from each country presented can advance to the European competition in Portugal! Of course, there is the overall Nordic CanSat winner as well. This year Finland had really tough competition, and the other team from Finland, team Skylark, won over us. They also won the entire competition! Well done Finland :D A bummer that we couldn't go to Portugal, we had worked very hard :/ But, Skylark did deserve the win (: Övis has to let others win sometimes, right ;) Jokes aside, we in Jamncan - Jesper, Amanda, Mikael, Nils - did learn a lot from this trip and did win a great experience instead, cheezy as it sounds.

After announcing the winners, we were assigned into groups and got to do different "stations" that were prepared for us. The first one was watching a short, but very interesting, documentary about the Aurora borealis - the Northern lights. The space centre and Aurora Spaceship where we spent our time at are known for studying the Northern lights and sending up rockets that study them. Another station was a Rocket launch simulation where we got to act as both the ground station and the ones going up on the ship! The third station was prepared by the teachers and was very fun as well, in it, we were two teams competing for who could build the most stable bridge out of spaghetti straws. It was fun and we had a very creative contraption that at least supported 1 kg!  :D The other team managed to hold 1 and a half :o

The rest of the time was spent socializing and then we were off on the very long journey back with several flights.

We'd like to thank everybody from our part, ESA, everybody working with us at ASC, our school, our sponsors of course(!!!), and last but not least our teacher Emma who put up with us the whole time :D




Day 4: Final presentation

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Socializing after hard work and a good meal

Work - food - work - food has basically been the schedule during the competition, and we have hardly had time for free time, even less for socializing. Today, we had the final presentation where we showed our results from both drops and analyzed the data. We worked in it for a long time, with a slightly slower pace than usual - we were all very tired. We had to quickly go through the presentation, making sure everybody knows what to say on their part and that we're ready.

All this was done while being constantly interrupted by a countdown message, and then everybody went outside to see the launch. The thing is, the countdown started what, 3-4 times? There was an actual rocket going to be launched by some German scientists at the Space Center, but they faced some issues every single time and had to delay the launch. They ended up delaying it so many times they missed the time window in which they could launch it, due to some regulations. We ended up not seeing any launch, but we still had to cut our presentation midway to go outside and "see it", only to be informed they had to wait.

So, this happened in the middle of our presentation, which we were very nervous for. We were first out, and luckily for the other teams, there were no more interruptions. The presentation turned out pretty well, although we kept a slightly too quick of a pace and ended up forgetting to say some of the things we planned to. The jury had no questions afterwards, and after all the teams were done we went out for a short hike.

Some pictures from the point we stopped at! Norway really is beautiful :D

After a while we were taken out to eat at a restaurant called Riggen! We got pizza and this is where we had time to socialize with the other teams! Most of us went out for a walk after eating and continued the talking over card games once at our accommodations. 

Tonight, we will truly sleep well when we do not have to stress about getting anything done ((: It is up to the judges now! 
Picture from near the restaurant we ate at. Sunset in the background (:

Day 3: Launch-day

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Drone Drop Day Done!

Aaand another fairly hectic day for the teams, some last minute issues needing to be fixed before the test drop. Some teams, including us, stayed up late to complete the can. Time management is something that most of us need to improve! 

At the morning meeting, we were asked to what extent we were ready, deciding the order in which we would conduct the first drop. We were given plastic bags to cover our CanSats from getting wet in the snow and to save them from potential rain. A lack of scissors and proper tape resulted in a very 'sketchy' looking can which, to be honest, seemed to be the general look of our Jamncan - sketchy.

Pictures of our can with its custom-made raincoat (: 

We didn't actually launch the cans with a little rocket like they usually do. instead, they were flown up by hexacopters (drones) due to the bad weather. The height at which they were dropped was changed from 1000 meters to 250 meters in the final drop, in attempt to not have the cans blown too far away by the wind, getting lost in the deep snow.

Drop 1 turned out very good! The sensor we expected to show data, showed data :D Temperature, pressure showed reasonable data, with a sliight offset. The radiation sensor has never failed us, and stayed true this time as well (: There is not a worrying amount of background radiation in Norway! Our parachute was doubted by many, it having a huge hole in the middle. The thing was that we had a slightly bigger model, allowing us to have a big hole without the can descending too fast. It was actually very stable when falling down, it looked neat :D Great work Jesper ;)

For the final drop we didn't need the plastic cover, but just as it was our turn, it started raining D: This was problematic and seems to be the cause of our pressure sensor not showing any change this time around! We got the other data though, it was saved to our ground station computer before the short-circuited at landing. We recovered the can and went off to analyze the data and start our final presentation! We just have to interpret the results, and give reasons or show our understanding of the errors that might have occurred and why they occurred.

After two - ...many days of tireless working and little sleep, we took a needed 2 km walk to the nearest - and only - store in the area. Our little adventure can be seen in the vlog :DD

Since we will have more time to work on the presentation tomorrow, we made the decision of going early to bed today, and focus on working tomorrow. Hopefully, we will have time to socialize with the other teams ((:

Picture of one of our rooms, taken as this is this blog is written.

Vlog 3 here :D

Day 2: Andøya

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Day 2, City 2, Blog 2!

What a day! We started off by checking out from our hotel in Tromsø, heading off to the airport once again. From there, we were flown to Andøya with this very cool, little plane for 39 passengers, the flight taking about 25 minutes. Once again we were hit by amazing views! The Arctic ocean on one side, impressive mountains on the other!

For those who might play games - major Skyrim vibes x)

Our team was the last team to arrive at Andøya Space Center due to the delay, and unfortunately, we did not have time to listen to other teams' presentations. It would have been very interesting to know what solutions and ideas other people have come up with! Instead, we held our presentation for the rest and it feels like it went very well :D

Most of the day we were busy with finishing touches, eating good meals in between. As the day was coming to an end, the CanSat supervisors walked around informing us when we should be ready for the final inspection. This is when we should be able to show that our CanSat is ready and that the programming works, construction holds etc. The interview, or the final inspection, was kind of terrifying. We were still working on the last bits when it was our turn, and the stress made us leave behind some things in the working room, which made us come off us as unorganized and unprepared. Luckily, the inspectors were understanding and we were approved (: (: We still have things to work on, and it might just not get done. If something doesn't work at the launch, we will make the best out of what we have. We've been working very diligently and at least I can confirm that my team members are very talented, working well together as a result of attending the same class.

Finally, we were transported off to Skarsteinsdalen where our accommodation is located in an old military base! This is where we will be sleeping for the rest of the competition, and where the cans will be flown up from. Tonight we all will sleep well, having stressed with getting the Jam-n-can launch-ready.

What a day!


Vlog 2 out!

Day 1: Tromsø

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Welcome to our blog! And first post!!

We started our trip to Andøya early. We left Vasa at 9:45. The trip was fun, and we got to stay long at Arlanda airport because our flight was delayed. In fact, it was so delayed that we missed our other flight, and are now stuck in Tromsø for the night... Exciting!

The airline was nice enough to give us all single rooms in a hotel, and 250 NOK for our evening dinner, so everything is great! We had some time to work on our website, presentation and vlogs, so that will come up later (tomorrow?). The view in Tromsø where we are staying has an amazing view! We walked around town for an hour and just took photos of the environment. The mountains and the sea look so beautiful from here, Y'all gots to see that in the vlog! 😁

We'll go through our presentation and then head off to sleep. We'll keep up with the daily blog and vlogs this week, it is going to be an exciting experience/trip! It will be awesome however it turns out! :P

Vlog is out!