Busy friday

Last friday was an incredibly busy day for the team. Directly after lunch an outreach activity, a presentation for the Rocket Science at KTH course to be specific, was planned and immediately after that the team was supposed to demonstrate the functionality of the main electronics in the system as well as the software controlling it. However the day turned out well and in the end at least some of us got to celebrate in the usual way (with beers at the Rocket PUB). A more detailed story from the two events follows below.

The presentation for the Rocket Science course has become a tradition, for the second year in row a team from REXUS presented their project at a lecture for the Rocket Science course. Last years presentation, done by LAPLander, led to the recruiting of a number of members  to the current SQUID team. The presentation for this year where mainly based on the presentation given to a number of schools earlier in the spring but does now feature a number of videos which has been recorded during the project (many of which are available on youtube). There where about 60 students audience who listened to the presentation which where given by Me (Gustav), David, Mario and Mikko. The presentation where rounded of by a short desciption of the intended experiment for next years REXUS campaign (see earlier post). We where very glad to see such an interested audience and also that so many students seemed interested in taking part of the mentioned experiment for next year.

The second event for the day was the demonstration of electronics and software for the project. Mikael Inga form Swedish Space Corporation was visiting us to see the progress of the system. The team had been preparing for this for a long time and was looking forward to show the features of the system. A more detailed blog post featuring the different parts shown will be posted later on by Monica. I my self was very satisfied to see that everything worked as planned and also that Mikael seemed satisfied with the progress.

To round of one could say that we had a hectic but successful friday afternoon to bad i did not have time to participate at the Rocket PUB my self…

Drop test video first extended version

In preparation for our guest presentation tomorrow, friday, at the rocket science course we made a new version of the drop test video. It now includes some preparing tests and also a last surprise. Check it out!

Call for students to take part of REXUS 11/12

So for all of you out there who have been fallowing us during the year and now fell yearned to take on a REXUS project of your own now is your chance. As cited from the call for students poster:

The Division of Space and Plasma Physics at School of Electrical Engineering KTH now aims to put together a team of students to propose an experiment for the REXUS sounding rocket program for university students. If selected the experiment will fly on the REXUS 11/12 sounding rocket from ESRANGE in March 2012.

The experiment in mind is a multipoint measurement of mesospheric parameters with a fleet of small subpayloads deployed from the main rocket.

The team will consist of 6-8 students and should combine skills in electronics, hardware programming, mechanical design and implementation, signal analysis, system level testing. The first stage is preparation of the proposal to ESA. If selected, the team will work on a detailed design in the winter 2011, and build the payload in spring-summer of 2011.

For more information check out the call for students. Also check out the REXUSBEXUS homepage for more information about the REXUS programme. You’re of course also welcome to contact anyone of the SQUID team (or event the LAPLander team) to get more info about what you can anticipate of the programme.

Team night

Last wednesday we finally had another team night. It was well anticipated since the last one where in early june. We we’re also quite lucky since everyone where able to join. In fact even one of our supervisors, Gunnar, joined us for the night.

So what does a rocket probe do for a social event? well in fact we’re quite normal, this time for example it was time for some bowling ant after that a visit ti Hard Rock Café. I think we can say that everyone had a nice night out just check out the pictures!

Messages from the workshop

Actually I should have don this post two weeks ago and I do have a bad conscience because I left id undone, but as I am leaving for Munich on Sunday bad conscience is disabled for  next week.

Still I have to bring my excuses up, to assure you, I wasn’t only twiddling my thumbs. While I spent the last week getting familiar with the simulation task and working on the camera box the week before that was taken by redesigning the Rocket interface disk (RID) so we could finally order it.

As you may know from earlier entries we are producing some of the things we are using stuff ourselves. The prototypes for the drop test where manufactured in house, the boxes for the camera and the NSSB are produced here as well as the pusher ring and some other small parts.

I was working down in the workshop during the last week quite a lot in order to get the camerabox ready, and as you can see something has happened. You wouldn’t believe how much much swarf one can produce from 100mmx40mmx40mm block when you have to make a box of it. Unfortunately it’s not finished yet, but it’s on a good way! At the same time the battery clamp had to be bent and using a hammer and some tape I produced one that works, in order to make a flight one however there will be some more practice involved.

New improved look on the SQUID homepage

For those of you who has not yet noticed we changed the look on our homepage yesterday night. We’re just now working with updates of the information placed on it and hopefully we’ll be releasing a whole now section on the homepage tomorrow night, more info on this soon. For the moment please take some time and check out the new improved look!

The new improved look of the SQUID homepage

The new improved look of the SQUID homepage

SQUID on the official website of Sweden!

Recently Mario was interviewed for the education sub-site of the official website of Sweden, Sweden.se. The article is now online, check it out! 😀

Of course we agree, projects like SQUID are an excellent reason to study in Sweden (and at KTH, above all!). 😉

The autumns first real team meeting

So yesterday we finally had the autumns first real meeting. After a long summer (with lots of SQUID related work) it was finally time for a proper team meeting. For the evening we had actually planned to have two meetings first one ordinary team meeting and then a second one regarding the SCALE system.

During the team meetings we generally discuss through all sub porjects, this was also the case yesterday. A large difference now from the spring meeting was that we all where able to see that all subsystems are coming together.

During the SCALE meeting the focus naturally changed to the SCALE system which we now have most parts for. The largest reason for this meeting was to discuss some problems regarding friction when feeding the wire. More details about the progress of the system will be available shortly in a separate post written by Malin.