18 Apr

Women in Aerospace prove #rocketsareforgirls

Women in Aerospace teamed up with S[&]T for a rocket-themed event in Delft. Women from the local Leiden group joined other interested professionals for a 3 part lecture on re-entry science, launch campaigns, and the latest status of TU Delft's amature rocket developments. 

We first heard from Barbara ten Berge about Women in Aerospace's goals and upcoming events. Then Sarah Lammens took the floor to introduce the audience to the Demise Observation Capsule, which is currently in development, and will help ESA and other launching entities better understand the physical processes that occur during re-entry and breakup of launcher stages (and potentially other objects). Trevor Watts talked us through his years of experience supporting launch campaigns in French Guiana, including personal stories, and some practical advice. Finally, the DARE students showed the latest engine tests for their Stratos III rocket, which will attempt to break European and World amateur rocket records this summer.

Video of Trevor speaking about launch campaigns.

Video of Weronika from DARE talking about the realistic waiting times during propulsion tests.

The event finished in true S[&]T fashion, with a buffet of handmade food, and a borrel of nice drinks.

Did you miss us this time? Catch us next time for more fun! The next WIA event will take place on the 29th of May at the TU Delft Faculty of Aerospace Engineering: Kluyverweg 1 in Delft. 3 speakers, a workshop and an informal dinner will make for a half-day of rewarding networking with other females in the aerospace community.