Hello once again everyone and thank you so much for your continued support! Today we bring you the fantastic news that the fundraiser has just about hit $3000 thanks to some very generous donors. A few of these came directly from ASU's SESE faculty leadership too, which just goes to show how supportive this school is. We're so glad to be a part of this, and want to again thank you all for your wonderful donations!
Another bout of good news comes from our campaign being extended until July 12th! If you had folks who may have been able to help but couldn't due to the deadline, we encourage you to reach out again to see if this extension changes their mind. Finally, before we get into the updates for this week thus far, we may be doing one update a week instead of two from here on out. After all, we wouldn't want to repay our donors by bombarding their emails, social media pages, and so on!
This week, computer engineers, Peter Wullen and Michael Oals, from Team AWSOME and SMOLDER respectively, worked together to debug the final flight code to be used by both payloads (see 1st photo). As always when it comes to programming, bugs will always be right around the corner to cause headaches for their engineers. We're all confident though that these issues will be solved very soon
Team AWSOME also got around to preparing their payload frame for its first coat of white paint, a step that is absolutely necessary to negate the heat of the upper atmosphere. This is shown below in the 2nd photo as David Halperin (the mechanical lead and engineer for the team) cleans the payload with various chemicals (safety first!).
Last, but most certainly not least, Philip Ryback, Team AWSOME's amplifer and radiometer engineer/lead, worked to continue testing of the team's instruments (see photo 3). With him to help was Dr. Sean Bryan, the scientist who created the team's radiometer and was thus needed for this week's round of testing. If you get a chance to see this, thank you Dr. Bryan for your continued assistance!
That's all for now folks. Have a wonderful and safe 4th of July!