Newsletter Week 34 – Arrived in Adelaide!

21 - 08 - 2019

Solar Team Eindhoven Newsletter July 2019 – Week 34
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Arrived in Australia!
After a long year of hard work, we’re getting closer and closer to our final goal: participating in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge (BWSC). Last Sunday, the first members of our team arrived and slowly but surely the full team will arrive. In this newsletter, you’ll learn all about the last preparations back home, the journey from Amsterdam to Adelaide, and our first week here! 
The last photos…
Since Stella Era is packing her bags to move to Australia, we wanted to get some pictures before she’s off. We managed to plan a ‘media day’ where a few partners tagged along to get some nice pictures. We drove around in Eindhoven together with Audi, Bart van Overbeeke, Concept God, Van Gils, and AIIM. In the following weeks you’ll see the images popping up on the web, but you can get a preview down below:
The last boxes…
Last week, we packed Stella Era in her bright new flight case. However, a lot of tools are also required to perform maintenance while she’s on the road. In total, we packed 24 large crates full of supplies (from crimping tools and wrenches to USB sticks and antenna’s).

It’s not as simple as packing some crates and you’re good to go: to the contrary, some tools need to go to the USA for use over there, while other tools go straight back home. Some sharp minds noticed that using stickers with different colors could help distinguish the USA boxes from the Australian boxes; and so a new tradition was born: using stickers as if your life depends on it.
A few of our team members were in charge of the ‘Great Packing’. They were very proud of the result and, fortunately, they had some time to strike a nice pose. Thanks to Bart van Overbeeke for the nice photo!

The last trip…
After the packing was done and our office was cleaned thoroughly, it was time for the real travels. We left in groups of three: the first team left last Sunday, the second group on Monday and the final group left Wednesday (21st of August). On Thursday, we’ll all be together again in Adelaide. 

As of writing, I’m already located in Adelaide so this is our first newsletter from Australia! The coming days, we’ll prepare for our trip upwards (from Adelaide to Darwin): we call it the Trip Up!

The trip up starts on the 26th of August and we will arrive on the 5th of September in Darwin. Along the way, we’ll see some touristic locations (like Uluru) and camp in the outback. We can practice protocols, like how to overtake another solar team, how to stop at a control stop and what to do during an emergency stop.

Images from left to right, top to bottom:

[1] The view from the plane as we were flying to Australia (we sat near the wing!)
[2] Stella Era during testing on a test track in the Netherlands (isn’t she a beauty?).
[3] Our solar family Dirk and Marije packing their bags for the trip to Adelaide!
[4] Dirk and Luc (driver and co-driver) during testing of Stella Era.
[5] Thomas is (very carefully) cleaning the solar panel.

We just arrived in Adelaide and we’re getting closer to the start of the BWSC, but we still need your (financial) support!

You can support us by means of crowdfunding. By contributing to one of the parts of the car we are currently working on you can accelerate our process, so that we can accelerate the future. We will thank all our helping hands with a surprise on their doormat.

All the contributions go directly towards enhancing the car and moving it to Australia. 
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On a closing note
Goodbye Eindhoven, hello Adelaide! That’s it for this newsletter, thanks for reading. 

Note that starting from this week, we’ll be sending a newsletter every week. This means there’ll be more of us to enjoy in Australia!

If you feel like you missed something in this newsletter or want to know some specific information about Stella Era or our team, you can email us at [email protected]!


Thanks to Bart van Overbeeke for his amazing photos that are featured in this newsletter!
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