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Lukas Mohr


I was born in 1998 in Neuwied, Germany. Since 2008 I have been attending Max von Laue Gymnasium in Koblenz (Germany), where I will graduate this year (2017). During my school days, I took part in a wide variety of courses offered by our school, such as the programming of programmable controllers (PLCs). Furthermore, I have been able to gain a comprehensive insight into the maintenance, research and development – in the aerospace sector, for example – through internships at various research and technology companies. In my leisure time I like to play soccer and dive. I spend my remaining time doing various practical projects. All these additional experiences have helped me with the implementation of our “Magnet Rocket” project for the Odysseus competition.

What motivated you most to participate to Odysseus contest?

My biggest motivation was to work and to do research in order to get a separate project on my feet and to get feedback from our experts and interested parties. I am also fascinated by space travel, which gives the Odysseus competition the best opportunity to work on a project connected with it. In contrast to other competitions such as “jugendforscht”, the Odysseus competition is a much more appropriate space-based project because it specializes in space travel. In addition, the opportunity to meet like-minded people from all over the world and to hear about their ideas as well as travel to the project presentations offered a great incentive to take part in the Odysseus competition.

What did you enjoy when you prepared your project?

I liked the experiment most. Thus, we repeatedly carried out new test setups and measurements before the final project was built. It was a great experience to work with the very precise equipment of our school. In addition, the work in the team has not only proved to be an advantage, but has also been fun.

What was the most important thing that you learned during the preparation of your project?

In addition to physical and electronic aspects, the most important thing was that foreign sources should not believe everything, since they often publish false things and trick at their alleged proof videos. So it has still not been possible for us to understand the true functioning of the US military’s rail gun. Just because many of our experimental setups have not worked as expected, it is all the more important never to give up and find other ways to achieve the goal.

Has the work done for your project affected your decision for studies in space science?

The project a positive impact on me. After graduating from high school, I would like to become a pilot because, besides working in aviation, geography and map work are also included. Alternatively, I would like to study something in the field of aerospace. Here, the project work confirmed me that the practical work and the implementation of their own ideas are the advantages of studying in this area.