Student participated in NASA workshop

Published: 4 April 2018

Space Engineering student Joakim Rosenqvist has attended a NASA workshop in Denver, Colorado. – It gave me an incredible insight into the research community and was a valuable lesson for a student, says Joakim Rosenqvist.

The purpose of the workshop was to present different concepts for how the Lunar Orbital Platform Gateway, a space station to be placed in orbit around the moon, can meet the need for various scientific projects on board.

Orbital Platform-Gateway is a collaboration between some of the world's largest space actors, such as NASA (The National Aeronautics and Space Administration), ESA (European Space Agency) and JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency). On-site in Denver, therefore, there were representatives from powerful space organizations as well as many scientists who are world leaders in their subjects. And then Joakim Rosenqvist, a second-year student at Luleå University of Technology.

– Sometimes it was almost absurd that these people actually sat and listened to what I had to say, says Joakim Rosenqvist.

Collaborate with researchers

Together with the research group in Atmospheric Science at Luleå University of Technology, Joakim Rosenqvist had sent a scientific abstract to the workshop. They have a concept for at passive test platform that will be placed on and outside of the space station.

– On that platform, you can easily attach and remove instruments that are to be tested in space, Joakim Rosenqvist explains.

What have you learned from this experience?

– I have gained an incredible insight into the research community and that is a valuable lesson for a student. Plus, I learned incredibly much from listening to all the other talks. At the beginning when I was a student, I was completely focused on working as an engineer after graduation. But this experience has inspired me to explore the research route.

Joakim Rosenqvist has previously participated in the ESA's Fly a rocket program and is thus also involved in some projects together with scientists in Atmospheric Science.

– If you find something that you think seems interesting: dare to apply! And don't be afraid to apply to big and famous organizations and companies, such as NASA, ESA and CERN, you have anything to lose but everything to win.