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Department: Physics and Engineering
Symposium Year: 2012
Student(s): Adam G. Rexroad, Tyler Lemmert, Matthew K. Jamerson, Joshua S. Lynn, Brett Dugan, Zane Slatcher, Jordan M. Doolittle, Lucas McMillan, Mayowa Ogundipe
Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Mohammed Eltayeb
The objective of this project is to design a near space satellite for our senior capstone class. The purpose is to provide a vehicle to collect data on temperature, atmospheric pressure and concentrations of certain gases at various elevations up to 100,000 ft. The goal of this project is to be able to collect real time data about the surrounding environment. Also, we wanted to reach the highest possible altitude, and to be able to track and recover the system in the shortest amount of time. The system involves the design of the capsule, the communication, and the electronics to meet FAA requirements as well as our own requirements. To achieve the above mentioned goals we use long range transmitter, a primary GPS sensor, a secondary GPS sensor and other sensors to collect data. The data that we planned to collect is temperature using a thermocouple and atmospheric pressure using a pressure sensor and wireless networked sensor motes. The system also includes a video camera to register the ascent and descent of the capsule. The system was successfully launched and recovered three times. Each time more modifications were made. Students from various engineering fields participated in the design and the integration of the various components of this project.
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