Space Science is the study of celestial phenomena and objects that have a direct impact on humanity. Two large areas of space science are space weather and space communications. Space weather is the study of solar activity such as solar flares and CME (Corona Mass Ejections) and analyse how they will have an impact on satellites and communication facilities. Space communications study how signals can be transmitted over long distances efficiently using high-frequency waves and taking advantage of the ionosphere.
The Institute has a Project where they put up a mini satellite. They make the payload themselves and design it, including software and fabricate circuit boards. Then, the payload has to go through the ionosphere test(plasma chamber), vibration tests and thermal vacuum chamber to ensure it can take the environment in space. They have a "clean booth" and a "clean table" to ensure no dust is present during assembling of payload.
We went around the University Campus holding onto long beacons in the attempt to search for a transmitter. Every minute, the beacons would emit a sound which would tell us if we were near the transmitter. If we pointed the beacons in the wrong direction, it would emit a rather unclear sound but if we pointed the beacons towards the transmitter, it would let out a clearer sound. We walked along the ponds as we pointed our beacons in every possible direction in the search for a small beacon. As we got closer to the transmitter, all our beacons emitted the same rather clear sound. We decided to walk around as we were close to the transmitter. We searched every corner of the path until we found it nestled between the walls.
In summary, our visit to National Central University's Institute of Space Sciences was an enlightening experience which we feel gave us great insight into the industry behind satellite production and operations. Furthermore, the visit to the Central Weather Bureau of Taiwan helped us understand the applications of astronomy and satellites in other fields including weather monitoring, storm prediction, and typhoon detection. From this, we gained knowledge about real-world applications of the work done by the various universities involved. Hence, we greatly appreciate the opportunities given to us today for the understanding of the various fields that we have gained today.