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Bruno Sunsundegi, student of the Master in Telecommunication Engineering: "Seeing those antennas at NASA was impressive".

Students of the Master in Telecommunication Engineering visit the NASA station in Madrid, the tunnels of the M3 and the Mediaset-Telecinco facilities.

FotoCedida/Alumnosdel Máster en Ingeniería de Telecomunicación junto al profesor Joaquín de Nó en la instalación que NASA tiene en Madrid

02 | 12 | 2022

Every year, the Master's students at campus in San Sebastian complement their training with an intensive week of company visits in Madrid. The tour allows them to get an insight into the work of large companies, which is, in the words of Bruno Sunsundegi, student of the Master's in Telecommunications Engineering, "impressive, because you see how what you study at class materializes every day. The trip began at IESE, where students from the master's programs in Artificial Intelligence, Biomedical Engineering and Telecommunications worked together on different cases. Afterwards, they received a session on project management techniques at position from the company VASS, where they worked on aspects of agile methodologies using Lego.

The last two days of the trip were focused on specific visits to each master's program.

The company Calle30: first stop for students of the Master in Telecommunication Engineering

  Joaquín de Nó, professor of the Master's Degree in Telecommunications Engineering, explains how educational it is for students to visit the company that manages the operation, conservation and maintenance of the Calle 30 ring road in Madrid, as well as the infrastructures and spaces in the surrounding area: "The Calle 30 company has seven major junctions and more than fifty kilometers of tunnel, a work that cannot be compared to that of other European capitals". The electronic and telematic control systems are particularly important for this operation: more than a thousand cameras and hundreds of sensors from all over subject ensure the safety of the more than 30 million vehicles that use these facilities every month. "The tunnels were 70 meters deep - impressive," exclaims Bruno Sunsundegi, student , a master's student.

visit a Madrid Deep Space Communications Complex: NASA's Madrid facility 

"They explained to us which subject missions they control from the NASA facility near Madrid," says the student master's degree student. This facility, together with those in Canberra (Australia) and Goldstone (USA), make up its network for Deep Space Communications. The center currently has six antennas of different diameters equipped to track space vehicles and probes and is the largest and most sensitive communications system in the world.


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The students were able to visit several antennas at the center, including the 70-meter-diameter antenna. "Seeing those antennas is awe-inspiring. You see how big they've been able to take what you study at class," says student. "You're used to seeing antennas on buildings, and to come across the biggest one of all is amazing. On top of that, one of them was under repair, the technicians were up in the satellite dish area and it is so big that next to it they looked like little dolls. It was amazing," he reiterates. 

The Nó professor adds that "it is classified as one of the most precise machines ever built by mankind".

They also visited the data center and the conference room mission tracking station, including the mission statement Artemis I, which was launched on November 16. "The launch tracking was performed from this NASA station and the goal of this mission statement is to fly over the moon with the Orion capsule to obtain accurate information for future manned missions", reveals de Nó.

Mediaset-Tele5: end of tour

The trip culminated with a visit tour of Mediaset' s facilities , where they had the opportunity to walk through the entire path of the television audio and video signal.

They also learned about the latest generation studios in full production and operation, the live broadcasting of programs, as well as the work of essay digital news. All this, as a training complement to subject Audiovisual Communication Systems in which students simulate at scale the production of a live television program.

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