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Portuguese rocket “Balthasar” went into space at the competition



Portuguese rocket "Balthasar" went into space at the competition

DIn the morning at the military camp of Santa Margarida in Santarém’s 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 problems with 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 Lusa, RED team spokesman Pedro Rosado, whose big challenge this year was to “maintain performance”. and improve the jury’s assessment – a complete restoration of the rocket, which did not happen in the previous edition due to non-disclosure of 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, “named after the work of José Saramago,” was built in sections and has six modules based on carbon fiber, fiberglass, aluminum and steel, that’s two meters. 132 millimeters high and weighs 30 kilograms, including eight kilograms of the solid fuel used, based on potassium nitrate and sorbitol.

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.

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“My future interest is in the aerospace industry, like most of the team members, and it’s great to see more and more interest and more national investment in this area,” said Pedro Rosado, who attended the 3rd year Aerospace Engineering, highlighting the “experience gained” in this competition “and the excellent interaction with the other participating teams” 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 third edition of the EuRoC was supposed to feature two Portuguese teams, but the Fénix Rocket Team, with elements from the University of Coimbra and the University of the Interior of Beira, withdrew from the competition two days before the start due to technical problems.

“The engine exploded during one of the last tests with more pressure than expected and we left here with a mixture of enthusiasm and disappointment,” Julio Santos, 22, a Fénix team spokesman, told Lusa today.

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 (Constancia). and has 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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EuRoc is part of the strategy of the Portuguese Space Agency and aims to “awaken young people to the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, strengthening competencies in the field of space through research, education and scientific culture,” emphasized its president. Ricardo Conde at the opening of EuRoc.

An official told Lusa today that EuRoC has “grown and strengthened” in recent years, today “undisputedly” being the “reference” competition for European university students, noting that the national space sector should “capture the appetite of these young people well-prepared for the industry.” ”, taking into account “projects” and “development commitments for the next decade”.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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