What we do
Northern Sweden provides great opportunities for space related student projects. The proximity to Esrange Space Center and the Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF), the support from Luleå University of Technology (LTU) and the growing number of new space companies establishing themselves in the area create the perfect environment for the projects to thrive. Giron Space Organisation (GSO) connects the different space related student projects that are based at the LTU Space Campus in Kiruna.
With GSO the current projects have higher chances to fulfill their objective and become continuous programs. The organisation also aims to support new projects through both knowledge-based and potential financial support. The knowledge-based support will take the form of an archive where projects share their lessons learned and technical documentation. GSO also intends to act as a network to put projects in contact with possible commercial and governmental partners to facilitate collaborations between them.
The rapid expansion of the space sector in Northern Sweden will increase the need for experienced scientists and engineers to support the facilities. Student projects provide the perfect atmosphere to gain the experience and skills needed to integrate into the space industry. Moreover, companies have limited time and human resources to dedicate to research and development, but collaborations with students are a great opportunity for innovation. GSO is creating and providing the necessary tools and connections to make this innovative environment a reality.
Let the numbers speak for us!
Gabrielle is an American hailing from Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Tennessee. She has studied abroad to the UK and Costa Rica, which led to her interest and passion in international education and collaboration within the space industry. She is a member of Project APTAS, working in the Mechanical and PR subsystems. As president of GSO, Gabrielle is responsible for overseeing the progression of projects, managing new developments within GSO, leading meetings, and is involved in nearly every aspect of GSO.
“Being the president of GSO is a great privilege and honor which has already taught me quite a lot about leadership and management of multicultural engineering groups. GSO and the work we are doing to support the space projects and enhance the student experience is what I am most proud of at Rymdcampus. It is my hope that GSO continues to grow and becomes an integral part of student life in Kiruna.”
Deepa is a Space Master student from the south Indian city of Chennai, and has completed her undergraduate studies in Aerospace Engineering. She was inspired by the courses offered at Space campus and also tempted by the beautiful landscape and weather of Kiruna. The opportunity to see the Northern lights and live in subzero temperatures while studying her favourite subjects was a huge motivation to her!
She is currently involved in two student projects at the campus, project FASTER and BEXUS project ALMA. She joined the management team of FASTER and is the lead System Engineer. In ALMA, she is the thermal engineer and a member of the mechanical team. In December 2021, Deepa was elected as the Vice President of the new GSO board and her duties primarily involve coordinating the project recruitment, the nomination of new board members and assisting the president in various tasks.
“As a board member, I have learnt how an independent organisation works and also how inputs from every member can facilitate good decision making. It has also opened up new networking opportunities and I have been able to learn more about the amazing projects in Kiruna. I am excited to see how GSO evolves and also feel delighted to be able to contribute to the joint effort behind it.”
Public Relations Officer
Jessica is a Space Master student from a village in Co. Kildare, Ireland. Her studies began with a bachelors degree in Theoretical Physics. After graduating, she worked as a mathematics and physics lecturer in Dublin and did a masters degree in Philosophy of Consciousness and Embodiment. Moving to Kiruna to pursue a career in Space Science has been an exciting way to blend those interests. In the future she hopes to work on the scientific advisory team for space missions.
Her role as the managing systems engineer for student rocket project RAVEN has been a very intensive introduction to everything that work could entail. On the weekends she likes to hike in the beautiful, snowy countryside around Kiruna – and the auroras are a big bonus too! As PR rep on the GSO board, Jessica’s responsibilities entail contacting public and private partners, taking part in board meetings and assisting in hosting GSO events.
“GSO is an organisation established to support all the great projects established here on campus by the student body. These projects are great learning experiences for the students, who put in an immense amount of work to see their projects to completion. It’s an exciting environment and a kick-start to many careers, so I wanted to be a part of recognising and supporting all that great work! “
“It was interesting to be a part of GSO at the start, it was a learning experience to see all the background work necessary to get a new student organisation off the ground. I am also looking forward to iterating and improving how GSO interacts with the student projects. It will be cool to see how our original ideas change and become more effective.”
Davide is an Italian student enrolled in the Spacecraft Design program who completed his bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering at Politecnico di Milano. He decided to continue his studies at LTU to deepen his practical skills in a multicultural environment such as the one found at Rymdcampus in Kiruna.
He was shortly involved in the Propulsion team of project RAVEN and has recently helped to fund the MGS project where he works in the management team. He was elected Treasurer for GSO in December 2021. His role in the organization is to manage the funds allocated to different student projects. Furthermore, it is his responsibility to look for new sponsorship deals and assist the other Board members as needed.
“GSO is a great initiative with the goal of supporting student projects under several aspects. Ultimately, we strive for projects’ success and providing students with the best experience possible in their short stays at Rymdcampus. It is an honour to be part of such an organization”
Nico comes from Spain, where he finished his bachelor in Aerospace Engineering In Madrid. Now, he is a student of the Space Master in Kiruna, where he chose to follow his studies far from the warmth of his hometown, to ski and enjoy the beautiful auroras. In the University, he is part of ALMA, a student project that is in the REXUS/BEXUS program, where he is the head of the Mechanical Department.
As a GSO member, Nico thinks that this organisation is the best way to merge all the student projects, share their interests and expand its contacts and collaborations for a comun benefit. Knowing what is happening in the different projects commits to the principle of this university, being like a family!
David is a Space Master student from Spain, with undergraduate studies in Aerospace and Telecommunications Engineering. He decided to study in Kiruna because he liked the completeness of the Joint Program that is offered there, in a new environment totally different from the warmness that he is used to. He is involved in one student project at campus, APTAS, in which he is a member of the Ground Station and Communications department, and his role in the GSO board is representing said project, keeping the committee updated with any recent changes in APTAS and also dialoguing between the different projects.
“Being part of the GSO board is very interesting, as I feel that there is a common objective of collaboration between the projects. It is a place to learn how all the different teams are progressing and overcoming the difficulties that they encounter, which can be also useful for my own purpose in APTAS and my future professional career”.
Jonathan is a Spacecraft Design student hailing from southern Germany. He has a Bachelor degree in General Engineering Science, with a specialisation in mechanical engineering. He came to Kiruna motivated by a desire to help extend humanity’s space exploration efforts to the Moon, Mars and beyond. Currently, he is the head of the mechanical department in Project ASTER. In this position, he has been responsible for large parts of the overall design, including the design of the reaction wheels, the manufacturing and the testing process. As representative for Project ASTER, his roles are to attend the weekly meetings and to exchange information and updates between the team and the board, as well as to vote on decisions taken by GSO
“As I was already part of the first GSO board, I am happy that I can continue shaping the organisation to become the strong support for space projects that we envisioned GSO to be when it was founded. Trying to define a good framework for projects is certainly a challenging task, but a great challenge at that. I am looking forward to seeing how GSO will continue to grow and evolve in the coming years.”
Antoni is a Space Master student at LTU. He is a first year Space Master student who hails from Barcelona on the coast of Spain. He has studied Aerospace Systems Engineering and Telecommunications Engineering, and he moved to the north of Sweden in attempt to run away from the hot temperatures and sunny days of the south of Europe! He is involved in an impressive three of the student projects here at campus. In BEXUS project ALMA, he is head of the electrical department; in FASTER he also works for the electrical department; and in APTAS he leads the Communication and Ground Station department. Antoni’s role in GSO is to keep the GSO committee updated with the news from the FASTER team and help in the preparation and organization of different events that GSO organizes.
As a GSO board member, Antoni considers that what GSO is doing to be the best way to involve all the students and professors on the SpaceCampus as a community. With GSO the projects are more encouraged to reach their targets and to collaborate with other projects. It is not a simple task to know what is happening in all the projects, when there are so many!
Lasse graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Hamburg, Germany. His interest in space exploration has driven him to further deepen his studies in the field of space. For him, studying in the winter wonderland of Kiruna is well worth the challenges that come with freezing temperatures and polar night in the winter. ❄
Lasse is actually a double-agent for Project APTAS, where his roles include managing both the software and science subsystems, as well as integrating the satellite in the cleanroom. In MGS he is head of the actuator subsystem. In GSO, Lasse represents the interests of project MGS. This includes providing update reports of the project’s progress and coordinating interests with other projects in regular board meetings.
“For me, GSO is all about cooperation. It is about realizing that student projects do not exist only on their own, but amongst each other. It’s about collaboration between the projects, sharing knowledge, assisting each other in problems, laying foundations for future projects, and communicating and discussing issues. I want to play a part in this, and believe the experience will benefit me later on.”
Edoardo is from Italy and graduated in Aerospace Engineering at Politecnico di Milano. Being a practical and passionate type, he was interested in a new environment and a new challenge. Kiruna and the space campus were the perfect fit: a focused campus revolving completely around space science and technology, in the remote Swedish Lapland, packed full of interesting projects and activities.
As a part of project RAVEN, he has been working as both a member of the Propulsion Team for the past two years and as its team leader for nearly as long. Edoardo just joined the GSO Board as the representative for Project RAVEN. He is responsible for carrying the point of view of his project to Board meetings, while updating the rest of the board on the progress of Project RAVEN.
“Since I have been a board member for a very short time, it is difficult to say what this means to me. However, I have lots of ideas that I would like GSO to develop to improve the project’s environment for them to thrive. Finally, I would like to say that I am very glad for the opportunity.”