RUB Bauwesen CompEng

On Sunday, the 7th of October 2018 CompEng set out for the annual European Space Agency’s Open Day. At 7 in the morning we started our journey to the ESA’s ESTEC technical centre in Noordwijk, the Netherlands by bus. We had the whole day to experience and discover the different facilities and offers as well as to talk to the staff that was happy to help and answer every question.

Some highlights for sure were the speeches and autograph sessions of the astronauts Paolo Nespoli, Thomas Reiter and André Kuipers.  They would talk about their experiences in space and give an interesting insight into human space flight. The test centre as well as the simulation department offered many opportunities to learn and see new things like the Hertz test chamber, the ESA’s Large Diameter Centrifuge or the 1:1 replica of Europe’s laboratory aboard the International Space Station, the Columbus Lab.

The nice weather and good mood made for a successful trip. After a day full of new impressions, we were ready for a nap on the way back on the bus.

Thanks for everyone who participated. We really enjoyed the trip!



Christina Rauch, Student Assistant