Best Student Award – IST Portugal

Pedro-(3)  16 November 2012

 

 

Pedro Alvarez joined the team of CTVR PhD students at TCD from the MEEC course at Instituto Superior Technico (IST), Lisbon, Portugal in March 2012. In September he was awarded the Best Student in his class.

Pedro-(2)

 

IST is an internationally recognised college for the study of engineering, architecture, science and technology. It offers a broad range of research opportunities to students so we are delighted that Pedro has chosen to come to Ireland and CTVR in particular.

Congratulations to Pedro

That’s Gas! – Zoo Digital Balloon Project Update!

13 November 2012

 

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The Talk to EU Zoo Digital balloon launch took place last Friday, 9th November. The launch was a great success. Our colleague, Dr. Keith Nolan and team launched the balloon from Met Eireann’s Valentia observatory just after 11am on Friday. The payload comprised a GPS tracker, a HD video camera, a Samsung Galaxy S2 phone, a radiosonde (measures wind speed, humidity, temperature, altitude), and an ordinary party balloon with an image of Robert Boyle drawn on it.

The balloon travelled for about 2 hours over a point to point distance of 160km and reached a maximum altitude of just over 27km where the temperature was -63 deg C. It burst over Kanturk and descended by parachute to land in a farmer’s field just outside Tipperary town. The farmer rang the number on the payload. The intact payload and video were recovered by the team. The video shows tweets scrolling across the phone screen, the ‘Boyle balloon’ bursting, as well as the scenery.

To view the full launch, please view here https://www.dropbox.com/s/q1v5kvz7e0739f5/tweetsinspace-smaller.wmv

Further information is available to view at http://www.talktoeu.ie/

Thank you to photographer Alan Landers for documenting the launch.