A student team in various engineering specialties at the German University in Cairo (GUC) participated in the presentation of two projects in the activities of the 71st International Astronautical Conference (IAC) 2020.
The team was composed of (Abd al-Rahman Odeh, Ayat Mustafa, Fadi Sawiris, Ali Hussein Ali, Muhammad Ihab al-Sayed, Nermin Muhammad al-Husayni, Yomna Abu al-Futuh, Yusef Muhammad Fathy).
This came in cooperation with Eng. Akram Amin Abdel Latif, the astronaut who works at the German Space Center and a graduate of the GUC Faculty of Information Technology and Engineering in 2010.
IAC is one of the most important and largest specialized conferences in the field of space in the world. It attracts more than 6000 participants annually, including a number of decision-makers in the space sector from different parts of the world.
The conference this year was held during the period from 12 to 14 October. The two projects presented at the conference were the result of a three-year effort in cooperation between the German Space Center, Technical University Munich, its Institute of Flight System Dynamics, and GUC.
In the conference, the working group reviewed the first project and its topic was “Safety analysis methods and their applications to flight control systems.”
Abdel Latif workshop:
It is one of the outputs of the graduation projects for outstanding students sent from GUC to the University of Munich to follow up and implement their graduation projects, during the year 2020. Their outstanding performance contributed to the presentation of this project that was reviewed in the virtual conference and met with the approval of the participants
The second project, which was reviewed by the other working group at the conference, included the results of an experiment to verify the spontaneous propagation of solar panels for nanoscale satellites under microgravity conditions. Abdel Latif participated and supervised them through a workshop in which an experiment was made to discover what is the effect of zero gravity on the CubeSat small satellites in a reduced-gravity aircraft.
It is known that satellites are powered by solar energy, while small CubeSat satellites have a small size and narrow surface area, which reduces the volume of electricity generated. The team’s solution was to try to increase the surface area after the satellite went out into space and to increase the number of solar panels responsible for generating electricity.
A prototype of the proposed experiment was developed at the GUC campus, followed by an equivalent flight procedure in cooperation with the National Research Council of Canada in October 2019.
The experiment succeeded and proved its effectiveness, which led GUC to be ranked first in Egypt among its counterparts in completing the application of that experiment. It is worth mentioning that Abdel Latif’s support for the GUC students stems from his being the righteous son of the university.
He adheres to constant communication with his professors, fellow graduates, and students of academic years in the faculties of engineering at GUC. He always strives to provide the scientific and practical experiences that he accomplishes in his projects.
He expressed his pride in his participation with the students who implemented the two projects that participated in the conference. He described the participating students as a mixture of talent, enthusiasm, and hard work.