Archive for March, 2011
Recently Chase Savoy attended the First Annual University of Louisiana Systems Undergraduate Research Day to present the research done by our team. Over 60 students from all eight UL System universities participated. CAPE hopes to return in future years to present our developments.
Featured: University of Louisiana at Lafayette presenters – Molly Dugas, Ariane Martin, Manik Rajora and Chase Savoy
Quick test video of how our deployable solar panels will function. We wrapped fishing string around the structure of the satellite, and burned through it with a current of nichrome from the power supply shown in video. End result solar panels deploying! Totally awesome progress!
The last few weeks in the lab have been pretty busy with some pretty exciting progress for our satellite team.
First off the Communications Subsystem has their first prototype board in, and are busy testing it and gearing up to write the flight code soon.
- photo of the Communications Subsystem prototype board fully populated
In other news our Mechanical Subsystem has been working on attaching the hinges to our demo satellite structure with deployable panels. Gotta say it looks pretty cool!
- the structure with all the deployables attached with working hinges.
- Another view of the structure.
We’ve recently had the CrawSat III Launch featured in ULToday.com. Special thanks to Dr. Joe Abraham for the article!
Gallery Link: http://gallery.ulcape.org/v/Press_Publicity/CrawSatIII_Launched_Mar_2011.jpg.html
ULToday.com has published an article at ULToday.com, about the upcoming launch of CAPE-2 in the NASA Cubesat Launch Initiative.