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Posted on 05-10-2017
The past week was a true high so far. After 4 (!) weeks without our battery, on September 20th the moment was finally there. We got a call that our battery passed the Australian customs and that we were finally able to pick it up in Darwin. We didn’t hesitate for one minute and went there as fast as we could. By the end of the morning, we had all the needed battery cells for building a new battery pack. This was just in time, because Friday would be our first test run on an airstrip close by.
Our electrical engineers worked through the night, to ensure our battery was ready perfectly in time for driving. After the last changes on Nuna, the convoy cars were packed and the team went to bed, since testing would commence at 5:45 the next morning. With Nuna on a trailer, we drove towards the airstrip, of which we thought it was not in use. Unfortunately, the usage has increased a lot since 2015. We could spend a good couple of hours on the airstrip, even though we had to dodge a couple of arriving - and departing airplanes. At the end of a day in the burning sun, we could look back on something we had been working on so hard for the past day: driving our homebuilt solar car in Australia.
On Saturday, it was time for the needed relaxation. A Swedish team, JU Solar Team, had invited all the solar teams for a pool party. We, of course, couldn’t skip it. We met up with 6 other solar teams from around the World. It was a very good time and nice to see all the other people who are in the same boat as us. Because our day would start at 7 a.m. the next morning, we had to go to bed early.
On Sunday, a part of the delegation of the film crew of Stream My Event arrived. They will be testing their material, as well as the satellite connection in the Outback. They also have a couple of drones for filming, something our boys from aerodynamics enjoy watching a lot!