NUNA, the space age solar racing car from the Netherlands, with help from ESA, has won today the World Solar Challenge in record time!
This 3010 km race right across Australia for cars powered by only solar energy, crossed the finish line today in the new world record winning time of 33 hours 9 minutes and 20 seconds, driven over 4 days.
It was a very tight race for the Alpha Centauri Team from the TU Delft, which was advised by fromer astronaut Wubbo Ockels of ESA's Education Office, and supported by the ESA Technology Transfer Office.
This programme outlines the design of the record breaking car that features several space technologies. It also includes highlights of this epic race. The programm comprises a 5 minute A-roll with English guide track (split audio; clean international sound) and is complemented by a B-roll with interviews.
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Last week the Dutch solar car NUNA, using the ESA's most recent space technology and expertise, won the World Solar Challenge. Only vehicles exclusively powered by solar energy can enter this tough three thousand and ten kilometre race across the Australian desert. The race saw 42 teams from all over the world in competition, battling for four days against technical failure and the heat of the desert sun.
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NUNA was designed and built by the Alpha Centauri Team of students from the Universities of Delft and Amsterdam. Former ESA astronaut Wubbo Ockels who teaches space technology at the University of Delft, was the team's advisor, and a strong supporter during the race.
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Having set off from Darwin on Sunday the eighteenth of November, the Alpha Centauri Team were in eleventh place on the starting grid, but they soon worked their way up the field.
NUNA crossed the finishing line in Adelaide on the tenty first of November, after a recor