Hundreds of people who entered my office for the first time over the past 10 to 12 years, wondered what the big black and red 1 by 1 m massive looking “engine block” was, protected under a Plexiglas cover. Proudly I explained them it was an important heritage of my former life in space industries”. It was the Breadboard model of the Optical Bench of the SCIAMACHY instrument, a highly advanced atmospheric sensor that had flown on ENVISAT and that was developed by a joint team of space industries and institutes from the Netherlands in the nineties. I had been a leading member in that team.
Last Friday February 5th I donated the full-scale authentic model to the National Space Museum in Lelystad, the Netherlands.
Mid summer 2020 I will retire from my job as Director of Education at Delft University of Technology. I will proceed as a parttime freelance Young Active Pensioner (Flemish people abbreviate it as “Jagger”).
Please read my future plans and future blogs at www.aldertkamp.nl. Since TU Delft will probably remove my blogposts within a year after my retirement, I have transferred them to my personal website, and will publish new posts on my new website from now on. I hope to meet you there.