Hey space people, ASCEND at ASU is almost ready for launch next week! Our PCB's came in and the electrical team has began soldering the connectors and sensors. Mechanical team has completed the final design and started fabrication and our programming team is almost done with integration. Soon all that will be left to do is the final assembly of our payload and we'll be ready for launch on April 1st. Below is a photo one of our members took of PCB progress!
Stratodevils' Electrical subsystem interns just presented their Electrical Engineering workshop where they covered basic electrical concepts and showcased some circuit practices using LEDs and an Arduino. We had good attendance and participants were introduced to fundamental electrical applications. This past week a few of our members also tabled at ASU's Open Door, a campus wide event where different groups can showcase their projects and research. We had hundreds of families circulate our booth and members got some experience presenting our data and science objectives. As for our payload progression, the mechanical model has been finalized and will be a combination of a 3D printed and aluminum frame. Our PCB's should also be in next week and we are track to begin integration the week of March 24th.
This past week StratoDevils members presented at a NASA Space Grant poster session here at ASU. We were able to present our findings from last semester's launch and it was a great opportunity for members to not only practice assembling the data in a manner thats fitting to present but also further develop their presentations skills. We are eager to start assembling the different components of our payload, parts were ordered this week and we hope to be in the lab working with hardware in about 1-2 weeks. We will also be 3D printing a payload design soon.
StratoDevils’ launch day was a success! The semesters hard work paid off on launch day and our Fall 2022 payload made it back down intact. Our team worked together the night before to ensure everything was working and we were up at 6 am for launch. The StratoDevils’ payload was on the second balloon launch that reached 33 KM from the surface of the Earth. We launched from a site south of Phoenix in Maricopa County and in about 90 minutes our payload made its way back down and we went to retrieve it in Florence, AZ.
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- Feras Jayyusi (Programming Subsystem Lead)