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Test Rocket - Fin Machining

posted Jun 6, 2011, 10:48 PM by John Alcorn

To complete a full systems test, the CanSat team plans to due an on-site dress rehearsal of the competition. We've developed a 104 inch carbon fiber rocket, the motor has been purchased, and the fins are being machined.

Below is the CAD part in the Surfcam application. A simulation of the path the end mill will take gives us a good idea of what to look for when the actual machining is happening.




Carrier Developement

posted Jun 6, 2011, 10:31 PM by John Alcorn   [ updated Jun 6, 2011, 11:17 PM ]

The Carrier is finally machined and being tested. All devices and sensors have been integrated. Final testing is underway.


Final Chip Placement

posted May 18, 2011, 7:35 PM by Mark Becnel

So we're finally there. Off the breakout boards; onto the real thing.


Rapid Prototype Lander

posted May 11, 2011, 11:18 AM by Mark Becnel

We have had our flight design of the lander printed, take a look!


Time for an Update

posted May 10, 2011, 9:40 AM by Mark Becnel

CanSat team has been at full throttle. Campus has been closed for two weeks, so we have been working out off my dining room table. Now we are back home, in our lab. Yesterday we performed a range test on the radios. Today we will attempt a sensor flight onboard a remote control aircraft.



With just weeks left, we are sure to have an awesome project.

CanSat Animation

posted Mar 29, 2011, 9:46 PM by Mark Becnel


Parking Garage Drop Test!

posted Mar 25, 2011, 4:19 PM by Mark Becnel   [ updated Mar 25, 2011, 4:52 PM ]

So we pelted some vehicles today. Take a look.

Lander Demo



CA Demo



CB Demo





CanSat Progress - March 22

posted Mar 22, 2011, 9:24 PM by Mark Becnel

Tonight we found a few ways not to get the programming to work. We identified that the AVRISP mkii is only a programmer and not a debugger unit. Tomorrow, we should be able to get some programming to work...

Test Wiring - March 21

posted Mar 21, 2011, 10:33 PM by Mark Becnel   [ updated Mar 21, 2011, 10:57 PM ]

We tested a new separation tool, NanoMuscle.

Tonight we were able to test the voltage regulator.

We wired the voltage regulator, microprocessor, accelerometer, and pressure sensor for programming.

Friday's Balloon Drop Test

posted Mar 20, 2011, 7:11 PM by Mark Becnel   [ updated Mar 21, 2011, 11:36 AM ]

Moored Balloon Launch

Friday, we were able to test the descent control systems. The mission was to calculate the coefficient of drag for the two descent control designs. Also, we were able to test the rapid prototype fabrication technique, as it was used to mount the CanSat hardware to test.

The test proved successful. The acquired data and information gathered is helping us improve our design.


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