Monday, September 16. 2013
In Fall 2012, student members prepared a proposal for the "Orbital System for Investigating the Response of the Ionosphere to Stimulation and space weather" mission. This spring, the OSIRIS-3U mission was accepted for the NASA CubeSat Launch Initiative.
OSIRIS-3U will take measurements of the stimulated ionosphere using a three unit (3U) CubeSat, measuring 10 x 10 x 30 cm. Ground-based heaters will modify the atmosphere in order to create artificial space weather events that will be studied by OSIRIS-3U. The mission provides research into radiowave-plasma interactions and plasma transport.
Expected launch is late 2015 into early 2016. As the semester gets under way, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved with the mission. Please stop by or contact a lead to see how you can get involved!
Thursday, January 24. 2013
For anyone interested in joining or that needs to know the meeting times, a list of each functional group meeting time and contact information is listed below.
Communications: Monday 5:30p-6:30p
Ground Station: Monday 7:30p-8:30p
Tim Hackett firstname.lastname@example.org
Mechanical: Friday 4:00p-5:00p
Kodie Altvater email@example.com
Power: Wednesday 7:00-8:00p
Adam Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org
Alex Scott email@example.com
Science/Payload: Monday 2:00-3:00
Tim Brubaker firstname.lastname@example.org
Guidance Navigation & Control: Monday 8:00p-9:00p
Thermal: Tuesday 6:30p-7:30p
Sean McFarlane email@example.com
Command & Data Handling:
Andre Coleman Jr. firstname.lastname@example.org
Hardware: Sunday 7:00p-8:00p
Software: Sunday 8:00p-9:00p
Craig Hammond email@example.com
Wednesday, September 5. 2012
Monday, January 16. 2012
Join the students of the Student Space Programs Laboratory (SSPL) this Tuesday, January 17th (Tomorrow!) at 7pm in 161 Willard for an informational meeting followed by a pizza social back in the lab (332 EE East).
The SSPL is a student lab working to teach students about systems engineering through hands on projects. SSPL is presently working on small satellites (CubeSats) and high altitude balloon missions for technology demonstration. Other past projects include sounding rockets and small satellites for the Air Force NanoSat competition. Students of all experience levels and of all majors, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science to name a few are encouraged to join.
Students gain hands on experience complementing their course work while bolstering their resume, helping to improve exposure and prospects from companies offering internships and full time jobs.
Friday, December 2. 2011
Tuesday, October 25. 2011
Friday, January 14. 2011
SSPL's proposal for the OSIRIS Lite 2 (O2) payload on HASP 2011 has been accepted!
HASP provides the opportunity for student payloads to fly at the edge of space to support science and technology development missions. The payload this year is a continuation of SSPL's OSIRIS CubeSat development program where the complete spacecraft bus will be demonstrated in the flight form factor.
Thursday, January 13. 2011
Friday, October 29. 2010
The thermal team concluded a ~24 hour thermal vacuum test of OLite this morning. For the test, OLite was exposed to temperatures as low as -20 degrees C while operating as is expected during the HASP Balloon flight. Preliminary data shows that temperatures inside OLite got as low as -10 degrees C on the COMM FPGA while staying around 10 degrees C on the RF power amplifier.
Congratulations to the entire OLite team for successfully surviving the simulated balloon flight.
Monday, October 25. 2010
The OLite 2 team had their first major design review yesterday when they presented their mission concept review to a review panel consisting of Dr. Sven Bilen (Associate Professor Electrical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering, PSU), Robert Capuro (Retiree, Honeywell Inc.), and Michael Paul (PSU Applied Research Laboratory). Many thanks to the review team for their questions and comments during the review. The team will be working to address these comments as they move forward designing through to the PDR, scheduled for the week before Thanksgiving.
Thank you reviewers and congratulations to the O2 Team.
The review material can be found here or by request to the O2 Project Manager Allen Kummer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, October 10. 2010
OLite spent the afternoon outside today to calibrate the Maximum Power Point Tracker (MPPT, Power Experiment). SSPL students Alex Hackett and Jim Cochrane worked with the payload recording solar flux as the payload itself tracked the peak power. This allows the power team to understand the differences between the operation of the MPPT at altitude vs on the ground as we access applying Indium Tin Oxide over the solar cells to increase the satellite return area.
Saturday, October 2. 2010
The Comm and Ground Station teams completed a rangetestyesterday, stretching about .8 miles along Curtin Road. They expect that the range was limited dueto obstructions like trees and cars along the line of sight. Further testing using attenuators is planned to simulate pass loss.
Wednesday, September 22. 2010
Since the start of the fall semester, the CDH team has been wrestling with repairing damage incurred on their subsystem during HASP integration in August. The team managed to get the upper hand today when they saw OLite's main flight computer program and boot into linux for the first time since Texas. Congratulations go out to the team as we look forward to the final board checkout and system integration next week.
If there was any doubt before about having listened in on a satellite communication yesterday, Josh was at it again today and this time managed to transmit to, get acknowledgement from and listen in on a conversation between a school group and astronauts on the International Space Station. The Ground Station team plans to continue listening in on and transmitting to satellites to expand their knowledge of satellite communications while getting the dish on Deike operational.
Tuesday, September 21. 2010
While the ground station was being tested on the roof, the flight communications team, responsible for designing, building and testing the flight radio, was busy with their own test in the lab. The team was able to demonstrate today bench top communications from the flight radio to the mobile ground station paving the way for some field range testing and integration with the OLite system over the course of the next month.