Having travelled all the way from Germany, Jogi and Reni Hoffmuller are media artists and DIY-ers, and a member of mursat who came to Hong Kong to lead the Dorkbot HK#6 Workshop: Pico Satellite.
Jogi and Reni gave a seminar in Dimension+, in which they talked about their satellite projects, and the sort of problems that their group had encountered over the years. They shared different experience on launching satellites and offer an interesting glimpse of how space can be perceived through different studies.
But before anything starts, Reni goes over with the class on which satellites will pass by Hong Kong on the day, and on what hour so that we may prepare.
With all the equipment set we prepare for the first satellite to fish! Reni prepares an audio recorder and points out the position of the satellite on her laptop.
Satellite fishing (just like normal fishing) takes patience and precision. Here, Jogi demonstrates which direction the antenna should be pointing towards, and how it should carefully follow the path of the satellite.
As not all satellites can be heard due to nearby buildings, weather, and geographical location, the class continued to fish with determination throughout the day and night. Given all the hard work and determination, In the end the class was lucky to retrieve 2 recordings of satellites!
A big thanks to Jogi and Reni for the patience and enthusiasm shown throughout the workshop!