Moving to the central section, we find a long, wide corridor with a small kitchen on one side and a massive, long workbench on the other. It has plenty of workspace and a good collection of hand and power tools.
Projects that have been developed in-house are to be seen, with a DIY vacuum chamber and an experimental satellite deployment system on the bench. A good-sized benchtop lathe stands next to a larger benchtop manual milling machine and the associated tooling for them is either new, or there is a great collection of second-hand, quality Russian tools sourced from local flea markets and traders.
In the furthest part of the space, we turn a corner into a well-equipped electronics lab – multiple, quite costly pieces of equipment catch our eye, such as the high-end signal generator and the bank of differing Rigol scopes.
A drone project hangs from the ceiling, and a collection of SatNOGS project rotators are stacked in a corner. We featured the SatNOGS project in issue 18, but as a reminder, it’s the open-source decentralised network of DIY satellite ground stations that span the globe, and the project that won the 2014 Hackaday Prize.
That year’s prize was substantial and enabled the formation of the Libre Space Foundation, which in turn led to projects such as UPSat, the open-source CubeSat that was deployed to low Earth orbit from the International Space Station.
We finish the tour with a corner that has a few 3D printers and a modified Shapeoko 2 CNC machine.
It’s really well-equipped as a space and has such a wealth of knowledge and skills shared in its members. If you are in Athens, we recommend you go and check out this friendly and well-established space.
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