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!