... During the fall of 2011, the project was again put on the "back burner" as the engin…
During the fall of 2011, the project was again put on the "back burner" as the engineering club was busy building Sumo Robots for NBCC's robotics competition. After winning the competition, the team began gathering information and components throughout the winter of 2012.
The Spot Tracker was ordered in December 2011, in order to take advantage of a year-end rebate.
In February 2011, two students
in March 2011.
On March 30th, team members completed installation of components that would make up the payload, and participated in a technical test flight. This "dress rehearsal" would unveil some areas where we needed to improve procedures in order to maximize the chances for a successful launch and recovery.
On April 4th, the team held a "drop test" with the help of an Aliant Telephone Co. boom truck. We tested the parachute with a dummy load to both test it and determine the descent rate. The test went well, and we found the descent rate to be approximately 7m/s. This information was then used to more accurately predict landing sites for the payload.
First returns of pictures. More to come. This series was from onboard camera 1
These are from Onboard Camera 2
Launch, from the New Brunswick International Speedway in Geary
Launch, from the downward pointing onboard camera