The IPEX team did some long range testing this weekend. They took the ETU about half way up Bishop’s Peak and hung out for the tests! This was one of the cooler pictures:
Out of frame to the right is our home at Cal Poly!
As part of a tour of the CSU system, CSU Chancellor White came by the lab to see what we’re up to! Here are some pictures from his visit:
Dr. Puig-Suari showing off the groundstation.
Derek Nelson, Nick Weiser, and Melody Golobic having a few laughs with the Chancellor.
Photo Credit: Brittany App
We’re all very excited to take part in the 10th annual CubeSat developers‘ workshop, starting today!
Here’s a list of the presentations from Wednesday until Friday.
You can stream the presentations live here!
Congrats to the PhoneSat team on a successful launch! They launched today at 5 PM out of Wallops, VA. Here’s a video of the launch.
To help them track their satellites, go to http://phonesat.org/ to create a login, and submit any packets you can get!
In December 2012, Cal Poly was able to perform a high altitude test launch (for CP9) with Garvey Spacecraft Corporation, and here’s an article about it:
It was a real blast! We are all looking forward to the next launch in June.
The previously mentioned NASA EDGE teams tour was a huge success!
Do you have questions about CubeSats? Ever curious how Cal Poly is involved? NASA EDGE’s vodcast answers these questions and more. Video link and transcript here:
The video starts with NASA’s Garrett Skrobot starts with the educational aspects of CubeSats and NASA’s involvement in providing launches. The video follows up with a tour of our lab, including interviews with our advisor Dr. Jordi Puig-Suari and our Program Manager Brian Tubb.
On February 26th, NASA revealed a list of CubeSats that have been selected for the 4th CubeSat Launch Initiative, and we are proud to say that we are on that list!
More information here.
Also in the news! Here.
This last Thursday, we started iterating on a solar cell application method originally proposed by AeroSpace Corporation. Their excellent guide can be found here.
We had approximately ten students assist, with six eventually working in the clean room. The team consisted of older members such as Craig Francis (IPEX Project Lead), Jeff Weaver (Junior EE), Nicholas Weiser (Grad EE), as well as younger members in their Freshman and Sophomore years. Members of CP7, IPEX, CP9, and ExoCube were present.
Craig and others in the prep area
PolySat students busy in the clean room, learning how to install solar cells
Nik Powell and Adam Darley provide support outside the clean room, over the phone
KSBY and KCOY both came to film the NASA EDGE crew yesterday (1/10/2013). They ran a short last night on our lab. Video from KSBY can be found here:
[Still searching for KCOY link]
Our lab is going to be on NASA EDGE, a vodcast which reveals the latest and greatest in NASA labs. Today, they are interviewing our advisor Jordi Puig-Suari and several students. The past, present, and future of CubeSats will be discussed, as well as humanizing the excellent student engineers who make it all possible.
Video will be linked once it goes online.