BEAM 3rd Gen

We are BEAM 3rd Gen, one of BEAM’s teams, that consist of students from various fields of study, who share their love for space missions. Our team was created in August 2020. We aim to participate in a number of educational space-related programmes, the main being the REXUS-BEXUS programme. By scrolling down, you can find more information on our team, and if anything sparks your interest don’t hesitate, contact us for more information.

BEAM 3rd Gen

Chrysa Episkopou
Electrical and Computer Engineer

Subteam of Electronics
Subteam of Marketing & Outreach

Hercules Konsoulas
Informatics and Electronics Engineer

Subteam of Software
Subteam of Marketing & Outreach

Konstadina Noula
Physicist

Subteam of Science
Subteam of Marketing & Outreach

Dimitris Komitis
Physicist

Subteam of Mechanics

Eirini Rodiou
Physicist

 Subteam of Software
Subteam of Electronics

Elli Moraitou
Mechanical Engineer

Subteam of Mechanics

Vasiliki Papatheodorou
Chemical Engineer

Subteam of Mechanics

Anastasios Mouratoglou
Business Administration

Subteam of Marketing & Outreach

Dimitrios Manolis
Electrical and Computer Engineer

Subteam of Electronics

Alexandros Korkos
Computer Scientist

Subteam of Software

Maria Doli
Physicist

Subteam of Software

Ilias Myserlis
Electrical and Computer Engineer

Subteam of Software

PROJECTS

NASA’S SPACE APPS CHALLENGE

Our team participated in NASA’S SPACE APPS CHALLENGE 2020, which took place in October 2-4, virtually due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Two teams were formed: SoftBEAM and BEAMkit-3D.

SoftBEAM, while tackling the “Can You Hear Me Now?” challenge, designed a video game in which the players find themselves in a base on Earth, having to communicate with an astronaut on Mars, in order to help him survive. But how easy can communication between Earth and Mars be? The game is designed to educate the players about the difficulties that must be overcome, as well as to guide them through finding the best solution.

BEAMkit-3D’s choice was the “Virtual Planetary Exploration” challenge. The team designed 3-D models of three basic geological tools that are typically used for extraterrestrial soil exploration: a small drill, a shovel and a hammer, along with the toolkit in which they are stored. By reforming the designs and using the same compartments in multiple tools the team managed to decrease the weight and the cost of the kit. The models can be found in a site created by the team.

Greek NewSpace Society: NewSpace Pioneers

Dimitris Komitis, a member of BEAM 3rd Gen, was chosen to take part in NewSpace Pioneers 2020, an educational internship program organized by Greek NewSpace Society. By participating in NewSpace Pioneers, both under- and postgraduate students have the chance to conduct short research on space-related topics.

Dimitri’s team (Members: Konstadinos Malakis, Emmanouil Tzagakis) worked on “Space Internet: A review of the technological solutions and challenges”. They presented a paper in which they compiled both the problems that occur in the course of developing a web in space, as well as, the protocols and technologies that can be applied for them to be overcomed.

According to Dimitris: “I was given the opportunity to gain new knowledge, combine it with my field of expertise and produce something useful out of it. This program is an excellent introduction to research and cooperation for the production of a dissertation.”.

NASA’S SPACE APPS CHALLENGE 2021

Members of our team participated in NASA’S SPACE APPS CHALLENGE 2021, that took place in October 2-3, once again virtually, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. BEAM 3rd Gen’s members, in collaboration with the students Manolis Eleftheriadis and Giannis Liodis, formed a team named ILLUMINAT3D.

The team chose to tackle the challenge “When light curves throw us curve balls” and developed an innovative app that aims to provide the light curves of 3D models. Light curves are special diagrams that showcase the brightness of an object depending on its angle of rotation. The user uploads the 3D model that he/she wants to study, in our user-friendly GUI, and adjusts five different parameters, that determine how the model is going to be analyzed.  After that, the app delivers the light curve that can be studied and saved by the user. The ILLUMINAT3D app was built upon an entrepreneurial combination of mathematics, physics, and coding. It can be used by anyone, regardless of their scientific knowledge, and has the potential to evolve into both an educational, as well as a scientific tool.

ILLUMINAT3D was awarded the Local Winner Award in the NASA’S SPACE APPS CHALLENGE THESSALONIKI | PIRAEUS 2021, and the Global Nominee Award in the NASA’S INTERNATIONAL SPACE APPS CHALLENGE 2021.

REXUS-BEXUS

Our main goal is to participate in REXUS-BEXUS, an educational competition organized by ESA, DLR, SNSA, SSC, ZARM and EUROLAUNCH. By taking part, student teams have to design, build, and execute an experiment using one of the two available platforms: REXUS, an unguided rocket, or BEXUS, a stratospheric balloon.

Our experiment – DROPSTAR

Our experiment is called DROPSTAR and it aims to study the oil droplet coalescence events that take place in an emulsion, in microgravity conditions. We designed a novel emulsification device, where an emulsion is going to be produced and studied, in situ, during the flight of the REXUS rocket, a single stage rocket. In order to study the emulsion, a camera display and a special electric technique, the I-VED technique, are going to be used. With the I-VED technique, measurements, concerning the differences in the emulsion’s resistance, are taken. In this way, the size distribution of its droplets is extracted.

The Selection Workshop – Our team’s selection

After submitting the experiment’s Proposal Paper, our team was invited to participate in the REXUS-BEXUS Selection Workshop, that took place on 30/11-2/12, online, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
In the course of the Workshop, both the team and the experiment had to be evaluated. Our team gave a presentation, and engaged in a Q&A session with the panel, consisting of specialists from all the organizing agencies.
In addition, we had the chance to attend a number of seminars and lectures, given by the specialists. Thus, we were able to familiarize ourselves with the ways in which the agencies organize and execute their projects, we gained new knowledge and obtained the necessary tools for the next stages of the program.

Approximately a week after, we received the Selection Workshop Results, and we are thrilled to announce that DROPSTAR has been selected to participate in Cycle 14 of the REXUS Program! We are extremely excited and ready to work so as to accomplish a successful development of the experiment.

Student Training Week – Preliminary Design Review – DROPSTAR’s first milestone

The experiment’s selection was followed by an intense period of working, the product of which was the first version of a document called Student Experiment Documentation (SED), a document that includes all of the critical information about the experiment and our team. Right after the document’s submission began the team’s preparation for the first Student Training Week of the REXUS/BEXUS Programme, which took place on the 7-11 of February 2022.
During the Student Training Week we had the chance to attend a number of lectures given by the organisers, from which we gained new knowledge on the Programme, the REXUS Rocket, the ways to successfully organise a team, and much more. In addition, the Preliminary Design Review of our experiment took place, where a panel of experts examined every aspect of DROPSTAR. This was followed by a productive conversation where we received valuable feedback and advice so as to further improve our experiment.

Student Training Week – Critical Design Review – DROPSTAR’s second review

The time period of February to May 2022 was one of progress for our experiment. The subteams worked constantly for the improvement of DROPSTAR and the growth of the experiment’s main document, the Student Experiment Documentation (SED). From 29/5 to 3/6 the second Student Training Week of the Programme took place, for the purpose of which, six members of our team travelled to Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany.
During the training week, the organisers conducted the second review of the team and the experiment. The team managed to pass this review as well, while the conversations that followed, with the experts, gave us useful advice and feedback for the further development of DROPSTAR. Of course, lectures from the experts were included in the week’s schedule and, as always, they were a source of inspiration and information. Another important, and pleasant, element, was the team’s interaction with the rest of the teams that participate in the REXUS/BEXUS Programme, since we share the same goals.

WHAT’S NEXT

Inspired by our love for space, we are currently preparing for the next milestone of the REXUS-BEXUS Program: the Integration Progress Review, that will take place in December 2022. However, our activities continue to expand. We are always searching for new projects, aiming for knowledge and new experiences regarding our interests.

Stay tuned for more!

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