This year’s undergraduate research exhibition was a success. We were happy to represent SSPL in the exhibition and inform attendees about the PAWSS G-Chaser science mission.
The G-Chaser PAWSS payload team is developing a student-designed engineering payload with the scientific mission of conducting in situ measurements of the D region of the atmosphere. The team hopes to provide in situ measurements of the D region in order to study the phenomenon called polar mesosphere winter echoes.
The PAWSS science team will be at the HUB-Robeson Center on April 18, 2018 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM to present their poster on the science behind how we study polar mesosphere winter echoes through sounding rocket experiments and the process of designing and building a space grade scientific experiment from the ground up.
Come out and support the PAWSS science team!
Over the weekend testing commenced on the Clyde Space 3rd Generation EPS, to be flown on our CubeSat OSIRIS-3U. There were some issues with the test bench code, but they were quickly overcome. There is now a defined procedure for turning the EPS on and off safely.
Keep your eyes peeled for more updates as we continue testing!
Our Spring Kickoff is scheduled for Thursday January 12th at 6pm in 62 Willard. We will cover the state of the lab, current lab projects, and how to get involved in SSPL in the spring.
Hope to see you there!
Last Saturday our two STP teams launched their rockets and payloads.
The launch is the culmination of an entire semester worth of work. The students first design their payload and its housing, then they test their design, construct their rocket and payload, and in the last week of the semester they finally launch their rocket.
STP is used as an on-ramping program into SSPL. The program exposes students to systems engineering principles and gives them hands on project experience. We have found that once students get in and get their hands dirty they are prepared to work on the full gamut of project within SSPL.
This year we had two teams, Team Kerbal and Team Coma Toast. Both groups were able to create fully functioning payloads that recorded altitude, acceleration, pressure, and GPS position. In addition to measuring the above, both groups were able to radio down their position to the ground via a a wireless link. Team Kerbal even had their data streaming into a SQL database and had the various measured parameters displayed on graphs.
All in all this year was a roaring success. Everyone who was involved showed incredible drive and determination. Speaking for all of SSPL we are excited to work with all students involved in the future. Thank you to everyone involved!
A special thanks to everyone who came out on Saturday in support of STP and helped make this semester’s launch a possibility!
The Penn State Student Space Programs Lab would like to thank Paul Mittan and Lockheed Martin Corporation for their vary generous donation. This will be used for the continued development of Lab infrastructure and our CubeSat OSIRIS-3U.
On the behalf of all the students in SSPL, thank you very much!
Our fall kickoff is scheduled to be this Thursday, August 25th, at 7pm in 62 Willard. Lab opportunities, and ways to get involved in the lab will be discussed.
Our spring kickoff is scheduled to be this Thursday, January 14th, at 7pm in 162 Willard. Lab opportunities, and ways to get involved in the lab will be discussed.
Early Saturday morning our two STP teams, “The Dream Team” and “Bx8”, and their mentors made the trek through the fog and frost down to the fields behind Beaver Stadium to launch the culmination of a semester’s worth of work. Each semester we run our Student Training Program, or STP, which consists of designing a small rockect payload, constructing the rocket and eventually launching it into the skies. The payloads this year measuered pressure, altitude, temperature, captured GPS points, and recorded video. Lets all give a round of applause for our two STP teams for all of their hard work.
The first of our STP teams, Bx8.
Our second STP team, The Dream Team.
One of our groups managed to capture some incredible video as their payload floated back down to earth, which can be found here.
To close this all out we’ll leave you with a photo of one of the rockets immediately after launch.