Help Students Launch Payloads for NASA

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Week 2 Updates Part 2

June 21, 2019

Hello once again everyone! Both teams as always thank you for your donations, whether they have already been given, you're planning to do so soon, or if you want to give a second time. You've all done so much for us, but if you'd like to do more, feel free to invite friends, family, or any interested group to check out our project. We also do sponsorships for those who think a certain company may be interested. We know we have exactly two weeks left, but we can do it with your help. Coming up soon we even have a story airing on a local news channel, so stay tuned for those details too!


For the 2nd update of this week, Team AWSOME's system engineer and team lead, Bianca Pina, soldered a custom made circuit board so that the team's sensors could interface with the computer (see first picture below). This board was one she designed by herself using EAGLE and then built afterward. Other updates from the team include computer engineer, Peter Wullen, solving the pesky programming issues that were brought up in the previous update. The flight code is now almost finished and ready to go! Philip Rybak also continued to test the amplifier he designed (see the first update for pictures!). At this point, Team AWSOME is almost done building and testing their payload!


Team SMOLDER has also continued to make progress in testing their payload, as much of it had already been built over the semester. Much of their work then has been running flight simulations on their payload as a whole, and most recently they ran a 24-hour long one to ensure their payload could withstand the varying altitudinal pressures experienced on the HASP gondola. The photo below shows Michael Oals (right), the team's computer programmer, removing the team's payload after having monitored the pressure levels of the thermal vacuum chamber during the simulation. An ELVIS board was used to assist with this. Project Manager, Tim McMillen (left), stands close by to assist with the removal of the payload after the completion of the simulation. That's all for now folks. We can't wait to share our next update with you all!



Week 2 Updates Part 1

June 18, 2019

We're moving into week 3 and we've almost hit $2000! Thank you so much to everyone who has donated. We probably sound like a broken record at this point, but each and every one of your generous gifts brings a smile to these student's faces. So again, thank you!


For part 1 of week 2's updates, Team AWSOME's computer engineer, Peter Wullen, spent considerable time working on the serial communicates code. The photo below shows him hard at working doing this. The code he is working on will enable the team to communicate with HASP while in flight, and will likely be tested during the integration in July. Some minor issues have appeared, which is quite common when dealing with computer code as those with programming experience will know. Bianca Pina, the systems engineer and team lead, reached out to other HASP teams around the world, and a collaborative solution is actively being worked towards.


As always stay tuned everyone! The next update will feature more details on Team AWSOME's progress, but also on Team SMOLDER's works too! Thus far most of their work has involving testing various aspects of their payload with the thermal vaccum chamber, and we're actively planning to have pictures of them doing so for this Friday's update.

Week 1 Updates Part 2

June 14, 2019

Hello again everyone! Once again thank you so much to those who have donated over the past few days. We're getting even closer to that big goal of $5000! As promised, here is the second part to our biweekly series of updates so that everyone can follow us as we build and test our payloads.


Team AWSOME picked up the pieces of their frame from the machine shop and assembled them together. The first picture below shows David, the structural lead for the team and designer of the frame, performing this task while Dr. Chris Groppi watches. Next week the team will be drilling holes into the frame to secure their many, many instruments using nuts and screws.  


Progress was also made on team AWSOME regarding their science ventures. Project manager and science lead, Alexa, was able to plot all the data given by some of NOAA's radiosonde launches so that the team would have a frame of reference for their own launch data. The graphs below show this as altitude versus atmospheric temperature and altitude versus relative humidity. The next steps will involve April, who has been assisting on various subsystems, plotting this same data using Python rather than Excel.


Week 1 Updates Part 1

June 11, 2019

Hello everyone, and thank you so much for all of your donations! We are all simply blown away at the level of support our teams have received from the community. Big or small, every donation helps move us closer to that dream of watching our payloads launch. As a sign of appreciation, and as the beginning of a new trend for this PitchFunder, we'll be bringing you biweekly updates on our progress as we build our payloads. Without further delay then, enjoy! 


Last week, Team AWSOME successfully tested the audio amplifier built by Philip, the amplifier and radiometer lead. Below are pictures of this amplifier, along with it being tested with one of the team's mentors, Dr. Sean Bryan. The actual radiometer, must be handled carefully, so a prototype version was used for testing as shown below in the very last picture. All of the instruments must be calibrated, so the same photo features a calibration wheel on the left.  

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