On this, the Sunday of the Alpbach Summer School, we have been back into the swing of things to prepare for our Preliminary Design Review (PDR) on Monday. Arriving at the School House at 9:30, we found the surrounding hills still covered in cloud. The team spent the day continuing the systems engineering work required for the PDR, then had a dry run review in the afternoon with six tutors in attendance.

From this review, we received lots of useful feedback and had the opportunity to ask questions about aspects such as our landing system and the finer details of our science case. This pre-PDR review ended up taking three hours, but it was certainly worth it for the amount it taught us and for how much more prepared we felt for the PDR. Tomorrow, we’ll face the real PDR, where the tutors will have their first proper look at our mission as it comes together.

As always, you can find all my Alpbach Summer School posts under the Alpbach category on my blog and tagged with #AlpbachSummerSchool on Twitter.