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Leipzig, May 20th 2010

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HandwerkskammerLast Thursday our initiative welcomed official space agency representatives of our country for the first time in the 8 years of our existence. This visit was designed for us all to get to know each other and we've toyed with the idea as early as December 2008 in Philadelphia.

Mr Michael Heinze, advisor to the board of directors, DLR, and Dr Wolfgang Mett, scientist and director of business development Neustrelitz, DLR, arrived by plane from Cologne. Their first impression was surprise about the changes of the Leipzig area during the post unification years.

It was the intention of the International Space Education Institute to show the delegates as much as possible of the enthusiasm, excitement and pioneering spirit in the area of space education in Leipzig as bridge between Huntsville and Moscow. The focus was to present an overview of the achievements of networking outside state funded schemes, in particular how this resulted in a winning team at the NASA Moonbuggy Race 6 weeks earlier.

Accordingly, the schedule was packed and there wasn't time to visit all ports of call on the itinerary. But at all times there were constructive conversations on an almost visionary level. At the end of the day both parties gained profound insights into each others' work and formed a strong basis for future cooperation. Throughout the day, they surprised each other with an open and cordial  air, subject competency and a personal interest at the core of change for education and vocational orientation.

The following places and people were visited:


Sternwarte KletzenObservatory Kletzen
Mr Henri Schulz, Director

This is private, self-constructed observatory acts as school observatory for SEI students and their high school science projects. It also broadens the horizons (optical and philosophical) of young people. The designer, builder and owner is a member of the institute and has acquired all related knowledge and skills autodidactically and through practice. Both guests appeared impressed and interested in all details. Mr Schulz cherished the spotless subject matter expertise of his guests.





Bild1Chamber of Crafts, Leipzig
Mr Joachim Dirschka, President
Dr Andrea Wolter, Communications Director

The surprise success of the trial project Mooonbuggy as vocational orientation measure has made close allies of the Chamber of Crafts and the International Space Education Institute.
This meeting served as encounter of two industries who, according to received wisdom, don't go together. SEI understands craft, engineering and science as integrated unit and practices that in its training programme.

The discussion mainly focused on necessary ways for a new approach to education and vocational orientation. A common denominator was quickly found.
At the end of the visit, ambassador Yvonne Heckel presented the president of the chamber with the world champion award of the Moonbuggy team and thanked them for their support. The Chamber of Crafts displayed selected parts of the Moonbuggy and its processes and engineering background in a cabinet.




Bild2Discovering Leipzig's unknown space history
Tour guide Ralf Heckel

The guests of DLR were shown the remains of the houses were Prof Dr von Puttkamer, Prof Harry O Ruppe and Rudolf Bromme were born, as well as the early workplaces of Eberhad Rees. Thus they learned a lot about the historical roots and their evolution from crafts and engineering into today's spaceflight industry. It was a surprise for the guests to find that parts of the Korolyev family (Sputnik) have been in Saxony already since 1907 and are still here today.






ISEIInternational Space Education Institute

The core cell of the institute is the recently acquired estate in Wurzener Straße 4. The five storey Wilhelminian style building boasts 2000 m² of green grounds, workshops, seminar rooms and dormitory, and is a popular meeting point for youngsters who want to get ahead. The simplicity of the building and its interior encourages down-to-earthness and hard work in home-rule. Remaining overnight accommodation is utilised as part of the "Space Hostel" during fair season to cover overheads and project costs during.



Max Frank

Sports Grammar School and Moonbuggy
Mr Rädler, Head Teacher
Dr Wolfgang Gerber, Geography & Astronomy Teacher
Max Frank (17), Moonbuggy Team Trainer

As sports elite school, the Sports Grammar School Leipzig presents an opportunity of professional sports for students without chances of further education. They support vocational orientation in crafts and techology without neglecting sports and fun. On one hand the Moonbuggy offered the perfect prerequisites and combined them with the necessary thrill of the new for the students. On the other, the sports students focus their construction team on a single mission goal with their enviable training drive. The SEI has learnt to appreciate this symbiosis very much.


SportgymnasiumMax Frank trained the world champion Moonbuggy-Team 2010 and held a talk to 8th graders. The DLR guests observed that lesson and saw the student's enthusiasm sparked by Max during the break when all admired the Moonbuggy on display. The cabinet also contains parts, processes and awards. They made a big impression on the guests. The meeting with the students, enthusiastic teachers and the competency of Max opened hearts.


 

 




Space HotelSpace Hotel Leipzig ***
Lunch

As the Space Hostel's "big brother", the Space Hotel Leipzig *** recently opened as trial project in Gräfestraße 15. This low budget business model benefitted from the experience of over 70 flight trips in the framework of SEI. The conference hotel is intended as venue for international exchange groups, workshops, seminars, and of course as another business and vocational instruction centre.

The interior walls consist of hundreds of images from our many excursions through the world of spaceflight. In the tradition of the third US president Jefferson, the bible usually found in the drawers of hotel room furniture was swapped with the books "On the trails of chief constructor Korolyev" and "To the Moon with Bolts and Nuts" (about Eberhard Rees). Thus the focus was placed on science, craft and technology. The Business-Centre was rebuilt into a Miniclub. The former breakfast buffet is now an online-restaurant with PCs. All food is delivered in 15 min on the push of a button while you work next door in an integrated NASA-style way.  

This is where we have lunch together with the director of the Vocational & Technology Centre, Dr Schmidt. There's the local speciality Leizpiger Allerlei, followed by kettle goulash and red cabbage.




BorsdorfVocational & Technology Centre Borsdorf
Dr. Schmidt, Director

This place combines 35 vocational apprenticeships under one roof. The fragrances change from motor oil and welding smoke, from butchery, wood workshop to construction. We don't have time to look at everything. Nevertheless, the integrated concept and the enthusiasm of new possibilities through the Space Euducation Institute convince with their ability to provide visions and goals for the apprentices.
Dr Schmidt guides the delegates through the halls and earns their praise and recognition at every stop, above all through the innovative combination of apprenticeship and further education. During a coffee break at around 4pm, we reflect on the visit and decide it was not the last one.

At 5pm a long but very eye-opening day ends for everyone.


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Some Statements of all Parties.

Hi Mr Heckel,
I hope you had a successful day yesterday. Have only heard positive news from Dr Schmidt.
Many thanks,
Dr. Andrea Wolter, Communications Director, Chamber of Crafts Leipzig

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Dear Mr Heckel

I was impressed by your considerable historical and up-to-date knowledge of spaceflight in the US and equally  in Russia. I don't know of anyone who is that excellently connected to the contemporaries of the beginnings of spaceflight and their descendants.
In particular I liked how, as space visioneers, you and your wife managed to win youngsters, industry and even the Chamber of Crafts for your Moonbuggy project, and thus sparked their fascination for spaceflight. We should couple your approach (fascination of space, sports ambition, student-led high tech development, cooperation with industry) with ours at DLR (DLR_Campus) and make sure that, for instance "your" spaceflight fans visit our DLR_School_Lab in Neustrelitz and we do a Moonbuggy event there at the same time. We could also think about a collaborative summercamp.
Before I end I have another compliment for the owner of the private observatory, Mr Henri Schulz (correct name?): He has fulfilled the dream I had as a teenager aged about 18. And he did it without formal degrees in astronomy, electronics, optics or construction. Amazing!

Dr Wolfgang Mett, DLR

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Leipzig is still worth a trip today

It was hardly known a few years ago that this town was home to some of the godfathers of spaceflight. Those roots were found only after the investigations of the SEI, and they reach far into the past into times where the term spaceflight itself was still unknown. But from an aviation, aerospace and astronomy perspective, Leipzig is not only a historically interesting venue. There are also new approaches to get young people into engineering.  

The broad range of activities in technology and science are given the cutting edge by aviation and space. This paved the way through integration of private intitiative, and the areas of enterprise and education. It is great to see that representatives of DLR came to get a first hand impression and were able to witness themselves what was created here in the past years.

Now it's important to focus the existing forces to sustainably and continuously strengthen the position of the area as a location for vocational orientation. The successes of the Moonbuggy as product of international collaboration of motivated youths show us a direction where the results of future collaborative support through the areas of aviation and space could make Leipzig into a source of future technology development.

I will continue to support the students of SEI in the future. This is what I see as my commitment as a member of DGLR and, to be honest, it's fun to work with motivated youngsters.

Peter Scheuermann,
Teacher for IT, astronomy and amateur radio

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NASA Moonbuggy Race - NASA Moonbuggy Race 2010

by Ralf Heckel
International Space Education Institute
www.spacepass.de

Leipzig, May 8th, 2010

pic01On Saturday night, May 8th, we celebrated a world champion. More than 60 invited guests, among them sponsors, supporters, family and instructors, joined the NASA Moonbuggy Team of the International Space Education Institute for the annual award ceremony.

The Chamber of Trade shone with a lush buffet, put together by the food technology apprentices of the Vocational Technology Centre of the chamber. The apprentices had also produced the 50 awards to be presented that night.

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pic02A big surprise was the cheque of €2,000 presented to the International Space Education Institute by the owner of Frank-Fahrzeugbau Ltd. The gift was part of the prize money the company received recently as winners of the PUULitzer Prize. Sponsored by PUUL Ltd., the Chamber of Trade Leipzig, IHK Leipzig, Sparkasse Leizpig and ARGE Leipzig, the award honours “Exemplary Organisational Culture“. A keg of beer was thrown in, too.

http://www.hwk-leipzig.de/3,0,2096.html



pic03Other companies joined Frank-Fahrzeugbau and assured their continuing support based on the achievements of the Moonbuggy Team. Thus, HinzTec presented us with an additional data module for modulating telemetry with the hint for additional Moonbuggies. Mr Hinz also pledged to support the furnishing of the Moonbuggy-trailer with a protective SMS security system.

 

Mr Ronny Hessel of the turnery Günter Jakob counted pennies of serial production costs of the Moonbuggy differential gear and said: “Since the students designed this themselves, since their drawings were accurate and the development was free, I can now batch-produce these high precision parts for only €250 a piece“. He offered free production for the next five Moonbuggies. The serial drive is supposed to go into production immediately in order to give more than 100 interested Moonbuggy teams worldwide the opportunity to acquire and assemble them during an engineering workshop in Leipzig. These workshops will be lead by existing German team members in the framework of a management course.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/spaceeducation/sets/72157622892694723/

 

Around 8pm all guests assembled in the conference room for a presentation of SEI director Ralf Heckel. The talk touched on recruiting in Russia, the team’s preparations in Leipzig and the race in Huntsville. An introduction with an excerpt of the film “Magnificent Desolation“, narrated by Tom Hanks, was received particularly well. Also the Moonbuggy Race films “Speedrecord“, “NASA-TV“ and “Russian Moonbuggy“ were met with great applause.

http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=SpaceEducation#g/c/D43CCA12213F30AC

 

At 9.30pm it was time for space education ambassador Yvonne to present the long awaited awards. More than 30 guests received the valuable stucco work that night. More awards will be presented at the ILA in Berlin and sent to Moscow and Huntsville.

 

A team of young journalists produced a news story.

 

Photo gallery: http://www.flickr.com/photos/spaceeducation/sets/72157623911089177/

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NASA Moonbuggy Race - NASA Moonbuggy Race 2010
Leipzig, April 28th, 2010

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The award ceremony for the winners of this year's NASA Moonbuggy Race will take place on May 8th and welcome participants, partners and associates.

The itinerary on the day includes events of the professional and undergraduate orientation days with over 150 enterprises, a presentation at Radio Energy Saxonia and ends with an award ceremony with buffet dinner, speeches, a screening of the IMAX movie "Walking on the Moon" and music for invited guests. A VIP tour will introduce the historical roots of spaceflight by the former MSFC-Director Eberhard Rees, aviation and seafaring visionaries in Leipzig the following day. Employees of the german space agency want to take part in this event.

Each invited guest, company or association as supporter for the Moonbuggy Project will receive a personal award of the Winning Team 2010, made by the center for technology and handicraft of the chamber for trade in Leipzig, designed by the students of the International  Space Education Institute Leipzig.

Main and GOLD sponsors will receive an invitation for the Space Shuttle launch at Cape Canaveral.


Information:

The up-and-coming construction team of the International Space Education Institute of Leipzig was the first international team to participate in the NASA competition in 2007 and promptly won the Rookie-Award. Since then, 10 international awards have followed. In the mean time, 52 additional international teams have joined the German students in the rocket city of Huntsville, Alabama. They let a cumulative budget of EUR 250.000 in the rocket city USA.

On April 10th, the now multinational team of Leipzig (Germany, Russia, USA) came first in an overall group of more than 100 registered teams. For the first time the title of world champion was presented to a team outside the US.

The vehicle, built by saxonian and bavarian grammar school students, and optimized by students of the Moscow Aviation Institute (MAI) and Leipzig-based apprentices at the Vocational Technology Centre (BTZ) of the Chamber of Trade, is powered entirely through muscle. Chief designer Thommy Knabe (19) completed it for sciencepropaedeutic papers of his school leaving exams. The team was trained by the sport school student and professional cyclist Max Frank (17).

Both, Moonbuggy and team, impressed us as an integrated unit with the following data with regards to construction, craft and athletic achievement:

  • speed during a test run: 80 km/h (50 MPH)
    maximum acceleration on the course: 1.1 G
    maximum load on pitched plane: 3 tonnes
    time (final score 1,200 m course, 17 obstacles): 3:31
    race readiness from folded vehicle: 6 seconds
    maximum torque on the front axle on the course: 255 lbf-ft
    solar-powered real time telemetry analysed with software of own design

In addition to this, the dismantled vehicle had to withstand the complicated logistics of trans-Atlantic flight, which this year was affected by the flight ban following the volcanic ash cloud. At one point in time, the 400 constituent components were located in five different places on the globe. Today (April 28th) the last case arrived at Leipzig. Finally, all pieces are at home now.


Schedule:

http://www.spaceeducation.de/de/veranstaltungen/details/8-Award.html

9am -1pm:
Open Day: Apprenticeships with
150 middle business companies, live local radio stage, press, Moonbuggy team as champion
Partners: chamber of commerce, camber of handicraft, Leipzig mayor’s office
http://www.leipzig.ihk.de/de/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-248/14_read-2522//date-16359/

from 2pm:
Check In, Space Hostel Leipzig
http://www.sei-hostel.de

Coffee and tour around the recently acquired school premises of SEI

from 6pm:
Award Ceremony: NASA Moonbuggy Race Winners

  • Introduction by a VIP of the german space agency and the Chamber of handicraft, Leipzig
  • Presentation of the NASA participants from Huntsville
  • Buffet dinner (made by students for catering)
  • Screening of the most impressive pieces of racing footage from Huntsville
  • Presentation of the awards to stakeholding enterprises and individuals
  • Panel, bar, open air bar, Moonbuggy night drives
  • Screening of the IMAX movie "Walking on the Moon" with Tom Hanks

next morning:

  • breakfast/ brunch
    VIP tour through Leipzig
    visit to sights of the 200 year history of aviation and astronautics in Leipzig
    tours through SEI premises, their observatory, their partners at companies and associations

Invited guests:

  • members, students and councelors of the International Space Education Institute (registered association)
    Bruno Banani (Chemnitz | Sachsen)
    Rohloff AG (Fuldatal | Hessen)
    Mädler GmbH (Stuttgart | Baden-Württemberg)
    Dreherei Guenter Jakob GmbH & Co. KG (Leipzig | Sachsen)
    DEKRA Automobil GmbH, Niederlassung Leipzig (Leipzig | Sachsen)
    Hase Spezialräder (Waltrop | Nordrhein-Westfalen)
    "Magura" GUSTAV MAGENWIRTH GmbH & Co. KG (Bad Urach | Baden-Württemberg)
    Schwalbe - Ralf Bohle GmbH (Reichshof | Nordrhein-Westfalen)
    Heiterblick / LEOLINER Fahrzeugbau GmbH (Leipzig | Sachsen)
    Alan Electronics GmbH (Lütjensee | Schleswig-Holstein)
    HinzTec (Hennigsdorf | Brandenburg)
    IGUS GmbH (Köln | Nordrhein-Westfalen)
    Althaus Galvanik- und Pulverbeschichtungs GmbH (Leipzig | Sachsen)
    Hexion Specialty Chemicals GmbH (Iserlohn | Nordrhein-Westfalen)
    W&S Metallbau (Reichenbach | Sachsen)
    Metallbearbeitung Aischmann (Leipzig | Sachsen)
    P.J. Prause Durotec GmbH (Arnsberg | Nordrhein-Westfalen)
    P-D INTERGLAS TECHNOLOGIES AG (Erbach | Hessen)
    R&G Faserverbundwerkstoffe GmbH (Waldenbuch | Baden-Württemberg)
    Singlespeedshop (Hannover | Niedersachsen)
    Vogelsang Edelstähle (Hagen | Nordrhein-Westfalen)
    Schlumpf Innovations GmbH (Vilters | Schweiz)
    Wittenbecher Maschinenbau GmbH (Leipzig | Sachsen)
    DEKRA Automobil GmbH (Leipzig | Sachsen)
    Martini-Service (München | Bayern)
    Board of the Chamber for handicraft (Leipzig | Sachsen)
    Board of the Center for Technology (Borsdorf | Sachsen)
    Professors of the Moscow Aviation Institute (Moskau | Russland)
    Councelors of the bord of the German Space Agency

Thanks to:

  • Yvonne Heckel, international ambassador for space education (Leipzig | Germany)
    Prof. Dr. Jesco von Puttkamer NASA-HQ (Washington | USA)
    Prof. Dr. Harry O. Ruppe (professor of space systems, TU-München (Munich | Bavaria)
    Prof. Dr. Natalia Korolev (daughter of Sputnik designer Sergei Korolev) (Moscow, Russia)
    Eng. Terry Wall (Marshall Space Flight Center) (Huntsville | USA)
    Vernon and Kay Headrick (Huntsville | USA)
    Prof. Dr. Eng. Evgeniy Demin (Mars 500, IMBP) (Moscow, Russia)
    Prof. Dr. Eng. Anatoly Zotov (cosmic apparates) (Moscow, Russia)
    Prof. Dr. Vladimir Malozemov (life support systems) (Moscow, Russia)
    and many more private supporters

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NASA Moonbuggy Race - NASA Moonbuggy Race 2010
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Die Bestzeit des gesamten NASA Moonbuggy Rennens 2010 fuhr das Team des International Space Eduction Institutes aus Leipzig (3:37). Das in der Raketenstadt Huntsville seit 4 Jahren als "Team Germany" bekannte Konstrukteursteam überrachte nicht nur mit zahlrechen technischen Innovtionen, sondern auch mit internationalen Teilnehmern. So gehörten erstmals ein russischer Student und eine US-Schülerin zu dem nun multinationlen Team. Die ersten 4 Plätze liegen nur 4 Sekunden auseinander. Die Award Zeremonie fand am Samstag Abend vor über 1000 Zuschauern statt. Es gab ein Preis im Wert von 5.700 Dollar, den das International Space Education Institut nur zur weiteren Gewinnung und Förderung junger Menschen für das Ingenieurwesen und Handwerk verwendet.

Team

mehr Fotos vom Renntag: hier klicken
Videos: hier klicken
offizielle NASA-Meldung: hier klicken

Technische Daten vom Rennen:

- Bestgesamtzeit unter allen Teams des Jahres (auch Collage): 3:37 min
- gefahrene Zeit: 3:31 min
- Fahrbereitschaft aus dem Würfel in 6 sek
- gefahrene Maximalgeschwindigkeit im Kurs: 24 km/h
- Durchschnittsgeschwindigkeit: 12,45 km/h
- maximale Beschleunigung: 11,11 m/s²
- maximales Drehmoment auf der Vorderachse: 254 Nm

Während einer Trainingsfahrt erreichte der Moonbuggy bergab eine noch nie erreichte Geschwindigkeit von 80 km/h. In diesem Gefährt steckt mehr Raumfahrt als in jedem anderen Automobil. Es ist das einzige seiner Art und hat in Leipzig sein Zuhause. Die Handwerkskammern und das Ingenieurwesen haben das wirtschaftliche Potential dieses Projektes für Deutschland ansatzweise erkannt und wollen es nun verstärkt unterstützen.

Videoauszug: hier klicken
Mehr: hier klicken

Das Team (Stefan Martini, Stephanie Fleischer, Max Frank, Ivan Terekov, Lauren Headrick, Thommy Knabe sowie die Organisatoren Yvonne und Ralf Heckel) danken allen Mitgliedern, Sponsoren und privaten Förderern für deren Einsatz und den festen Glauben an das "scheinbar Unerreichbare".

Bruno Banani Chemnitz Sachsen
Rohloff AG Fuldatal Hessen
Mädler GmbH Stuttgart B.-Württbg
Dreherei Guenter Jakob GmbH & Co. KG Leipzig Sachsen
DEKRA Automobil GmbH, NL Leipzig Leipzig Sachsen
Hase Spezialräder – Dipl.-Ing. Marec Hase Waltrop N.-Westph
"Magura" GUSTAV MAGENWIRTH GmbH & Co. KG Bad Urach B.-Württbg
Schwalbe - Ralf Bohle GmbH Reichshof N.-Westph
Heiterblick/ LEOLINER Fahrzeugbau GmbH Leipzig Sachsen
Alan Electronics GmbH Lütjensee S.-Holstein
HinzTec Hennigsdorf Brandenburg
IGUS GmbH Köln N.-Westph
Althaus Galvanik- und Pulverbeschichtungs GmbH Leipzig Sachsen
Hexion Specialty Chemicals GmbH Iserlohn N.-Westph
W&S Metallbau Reichenbach Sachsen
Metallbearbeitung Aischmann Leipzig Sachsen
P.J. Prause Durotec GmbH Arnsberg N.-Westph
P-D INTERGLAS TECHNOLOGIES AG Erbach Hessen
Singlespeedshop Hannover N.-Sachsen
Vogelsang Edelstähle Hagen N.-Westph
Schlumpf Innovations GmbH Vilters Schweiz
Wittenbecher Maschinenbau GmbH Leipzig Sachsen
Martini-Service München Bayern
Partner:
Handwerkskammer zu Leipzig Leipzig Sachsen
Berufs- und Technologiezentrum der Handwerkskammer Borsdorf Sachsen
Moskauer Luft- und Raumfahrtinstitut Moskau Russland
Space Camp® Huntsville/Ala USA
und weitere ca. 40 internationale Lehrer, Wissenschaftler, Ingenieure und Handwerker.

 
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NASA Moonbuggy Race - NASA Moonbuggy Race 2010
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Kurzmeldungen:

German Moobuggy Team ist erfolgreich registriert und hat die Startnummer 7.
Siehe http://spaceeducation-de.blogspot.com/Bild1

NASA-TV überträgt live ab 14 Uhr MESZ auf:
http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html (Education Channel)

und auf US-Stream:
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/the-great-moonbuggy-race-2010

Deutsches Team fährt in der Zeit zwischen 14:50 und 15:30 MESZ
und ist der Medienliebling von NASA:
http://blogs.nasa.gov/cm/blog/moonbuggy

LVZ-online schrieb auch:
http://nachrichten.lvz-online.de/leipzig/citynews/leipziger-team-startet-bei-moonbuggy-rennen-in-den-usa-nasa-tv-uebertraegt-live/r-citynews-a-25163.html

Info für Pressevertreter:
Sie erreichen mich über die deutsche Büronummer auf dem US-Handy. Bitte 7 Stunden Zeitverschiebung beachten. Wir sind ab 13 Uhr MESZ erreichbar, bitte aber um keine Telefonate vor 15:45 Uhr.


Gruß, Ralf Heckel,
principal

 
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