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Portuguese rocket “Balthazar” took off into space at the competition in Santa Margarida

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Portuguese rocket "Balthazar" took off into space at the competition in Santa Margarida

A team of students from the Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) successfully launched a Balthazar rocket into space in the three-kilometer category as part of the European Rocketry Challenge (EuRoc), which brings together 500 university students from 11 countries. In the morning at Campo Militar de Santa Margarida in Constancia, Portuguese students, side by side with hundreds of students from other countries, finalized the final details of the rocket assembly, but the launch did not take place until the end of the day. due to organizational problems and coordination with other teams, and it was successful.

“This year we are more relaxed and confident [relativamente à edição do ano passado]we have more experience and we have improved and strengthened the technical and organizational aspects, including streamlined design,” said Pedro Rosado, a representative of the RED team, for whom “maintaining performance” was a big challenge this year. and improve the jury’s assessment – the complete restoration of the rocket, which did not happen in the last issue due to unopened parachutes.

Good news will come around 18:30. “The parachutes worked well and the rocket was recovered intact,” Pedro Rosado, 20, said. As a result, the Portuguese team was among the eight successful launches. And four of them, out of 12 rockets launched so far, either did not take off or were not restored intact.

Balthazar, the successor to the Blimund rocket launched last year and named after the work of José Saramago Memorial do Convento, was built in sections and has six modules based on carbon fiber, fiberglass, aluminum and steel. meters high, 132 millimeters in diameter and weighing 30 kilograms, including eight kilograms of used solid fuel based on potassium nitrate and sorbitol.

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The 48-member RED team was established in 2017 and includes, among others, students specializing in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, electrical and computer engineering, production management, electronic engineering, physical and technological engineering.

“In the future, I will be interested in the aerospace industry, like most of the team members, and it is good to see more and more national investment in this area,” said Pedro Rosado, who attended the 3rd year of Aerospace Engineering, highlighting “the experience gained “in this competition” and the excellent interaction with the other teams that participated in it, as well as the final result. “We are very happy, we managed to achieve all the goals we set,” said Pedro Rosado, who celebrated with the team.

The competition, organized by the Portuguese Space Agency with the support of the Municipality of Ponte de Sor and the Portuguese Army, takes place from 11 to 18 October in Ponte de Sor and the military field of Santa Margarida and is designed for the participation of 18 European teams, consisting of more than 500 students from 11 different countries. This is the 3rd edition of the university rocket launch competition in Europe, organized by the Portuguese Space Agency – Portugal Space, to encourage engineering students to design, build and launch their own “rockets” from the Santa Margarida military camp.

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How the Portuguese Map Saved Me in South Korea

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How the Portuguese Map Saved Me in South Korea

None of my Luxembourg cards went through the taxi driver’s device in the middle of Seoul.

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Madalena QUEIROS

None of my Luxembourg cards went through the taxi driver’s device in the middle of Seoul.

I know it was nine thousand kilometers. That it took me about 13 hours by plane to get to the other side of the world. That the taxi driver did not understand anything from what I said. That I did not understand anything from what he told me. But all I had to do was stop at the door of my destination, a hotel, on one of Seoul’s many avenues, and turn around to realize it was time to pay the bill for I don’t know how many thousand Koreans had won. Instinctively, I opened my wallet and proudly pulled out my Luxembourg bank card. Turning away, the taxi driver quickly handed me a small white car that looked like something from the Cosmos 1999 TV series. And so he handed over the card. From the first try. Anything. It must be a small device, I thought. I renewed the card again. And he went back there, trying to get through it. Anything. Let’s try with the second Luxembourg card. After two more attempts, nothing. And the gentleman at the entrance to the hotel where I was, opened the taxi door for me. And the taxi driver looks at me suspiciously. And I imagined myself already being interrogated by the South Korean police, detained at a police station on the other side of the world because I couldn’t pay the bill. When… I remembered my Portuguese bank card, which I hardly use. Without much hope that it would work, I handed it over to the taxi driver. And to my surprise… it worked!

This is one of the mysteries that has tormented me for a long time. Why does the richest country in the world, which ranks second in terms of investment funds in the world, have such an archaic system of bank cards, compared to the Portuguese system. Because ATMs in Luxembourg can withdraw money and nothing else. While Portuguese ATMs only need to cook….they can pay bills, transfer money, charge mobile phones, buy train tickets and even pay tax debts.

As for South Korea, where I went with the Economic Mission led by the Crown Grand Duke, I keep the memory of a high-tech city full of Christmas lights that never stops. Where historic buildings sit side by side with skyscraper architecture of the future, in the world’s fourth largest metropolitan area with a population of over ten million people. Friendly, delicate people who do everything to guide us. It was 72 hours in the eastern lands, full of surprises and some disrespect for journalists from the local authorities. At the last moment, journalists were canceled at the Korean Space Forum, where the Korean president was present.

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Joao Semedo, Portuguese Viktor Frankl – Observer

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I write these words knowing that at this time the last funeral ceremonies are taking place and honoring the Portuguese Viktor Frankl, Joao Semedo or Johnson for friends. I call him that without fear of being misunderstood, believing that in all of us, and in João Semedo in particular, dwells the same force that lived (or flourished) in the personality of Viktor Emil Frankl, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Jr. Teresa. from Calcutta, Desmond Tutu and many others (just talking about the departed).

I could start by talking about João Semedo and his work, but I can’t because I didn’t have the good fortune to work with him and there are so many others who could do so with great right. I could talk about Viktor Frankl, the famous Viennese neurologist and psychiatrist, but somehow I already did it in last two articles.

What makes me say that I believe João Semedo’s path reflects what Viktor Frankl has always believed in and has led many others to follow in that conviction is that we are within our reach to find the meaning of our lives. helping others find the meaning of life. their lives [1], regardless of our existential biography. For Frankl, in any hopeless situation, there is always an opportunity surpassMos this is us to position ourselves in front of every moment of our lives, counteracting the consequences and symptoms that we may experience, because each of usfromWith this is It is proposed to behave freely and responsibly in all life circumstances. And I believe that João Semedo, faced with adversity and the contexts he experienced, decided to confront life, finding in it the motivation to transcend himself.

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Portugal’s Neemias Kweta scores 20 points in NBA G-League loss to Stockton Kings – World Today News

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Portugal’s Nimias Keta scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds on Friday in the Stockton Kings’ 106-108 home loss to the Santa Cruz Warriors in the North American Basketball League (NBA) G-League game.

In a match in which he had 36 minutes to his credit, the Portuguese made eight of 14 field goals and two free throw attempts, and added four assists and two tackles.

After a great game a week ago against the same opponent, with 38 points and 18 rebounds, Nimias was once again the top scorer for the Sacramento Kings second team.

However, this time around, the Portuguese lost the post battle to James Wiseman, number two in the 2020 NBA Draft, who added 24 points and 13 rebounds, in a game in which he converted 11 of 13 “shots” from the field attempt.

The Stockton Kings are now four wins and five losses, fourth in the Western Division, with the Santa Cruz Warriors in fourth with five wins and six losses.

Nehemiah, who went through Barreirense and Benfica in training, has extended his contract with the Kings through the 2022/23 season, re-signing a two-way deal that allows him to play for the first team as well as the secondary side Stockton Kings of the League. G.

The 2.13-meter Pole, 22, became the first Portuguese to join an NBA team since being selected 39th overall by the Sacramento Kings in the 2021 draft on July 29 in New York.

As a rookie (2021-22), Nimias played 15 games for the Kings in which he scored 45 points (average 3.0), 31 rebounds (2.1), eight tackles (0.5) and six assists. (0.4) out of 119.34. minutes (8.0).

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In the 2022/23 season, the Portuguese has not yet been called up to a single game for the Sacramento Kings, who remain in seventh place in the NBA Western Conference (11 wins and nine losses).

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