This summer from June 21 to 26, Dillon Badman and Mike Cimorosi from OSCAR teamed up with Rick Eason from the University of Maine and assembled several instruments that were subsequently loaded into the payload of a Terrier-Improved Orion suborbital sounding rocket (see Figure 1). Dillon is an Engineering Physics major with a track in Bioengineering at DSU, Mike Cimorosi is an adjunct Physics Instructor at DSU, and Rick is an Electrical & Computer Engineering Professor at the University of Maine – Orono.
The instruments included: temperature sensor, pressure sensor, humidity sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, and Geiger counter.
Some assembly was required! Each team member shared in assembling/soldering components to the printed circuit boards, as well as securing the instruments to the metal mounting plate.
The mission was a total success! Our instruments, powered by two 9-Volt batteries, collected data during the entire 12.2-minute flight. The payload reached a maximum altitude of 73.3 miles in 2.88 minutes, and safely parachuted down in the Atlantic Ocean 43.9 miles from the launch site. Upon recovery of the payload, our data was successfully downloaded into a computer for future analysis!
This was DSU’s first experience with a RockOn! Workshop. Dillon and I encourage other faculty members and students to get involved with future workshops. It is lots of work, but also lots of fun! Expect to be challenged to function as a team!
Many thanks to the Delaware Space Grant Consortium (DESGC) for financing this space-based workshop!
To see a few more photographs and our launch video (7:21 AM, June 26, 2014) please go to https://www.facebook.com/DESGC.
Read a previous article by Mike Cimorosi on the RockOn! Mission.
Mr. Cimorosi also wrote an article for the Delaware Astronomical Society magazine, the FOCUS, which was published on the issue of September 2014. Read the article here