Space Boffins Podcast

Earlier this month we recorded an interview with the Space Boffins podcast about the smartphone satellite project we are currently working on, ‘Scream in Space’ (we’ll be posting more information about this in the coming weeks!).

The podcast is now out and you can listen to the CUSF interview here:

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Check out the full podcast, also featuring Space Shuttle engineer Matt Melis, over at Audioboo. To learn more about the STRaND nanosatellite, see here, and to find our about some of our previous Android experiments, take a look at this recent report from Squirrel 2.0.

EARS 4/11/2012

Last Sunday, CUSF took our new rocket to EARS. We launched it twice, on an H143 and an H225 motor, and recovered it okay both times!

All the photos are on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cuspaceflight/sets/72157628282044955/

And all the photos are on Vimeo: 1 2 3 4 5

Some highlights:

Launch 2

Launch 1 (handycam) from Cambridge University Spaceflight on Vimeo.

Launch 1 (slowmo) from Cambridge University Spaceflight on Vimeo.

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Hopefully we’ll be launching two new rockets and this one a few more times next EARS meeting!

RaccoonKit

Nearly done soldering up this very prototype-y payload for the rocket on Sunday. It’s got a GPS (FSA03) being transmitted over an XBee (Series 2B, pro, 50mW) while at the same time an ADXL345 accelerometer is logged to an SD card on the OpenLog. All powered by a tiny little LiPo battery.

It’s pretty neat! Not entirely done yet (need to add a last-minute 3v3 regulator and reprogram the openlog) but should be in working order by Sunday.

Rocket Painting

The latest rocket is all painted! We’ve gone for a metallic blue on the fins and nosecone and matt black for the body. This should be launching on Sunday from EARS — our first rocket launch in quite a while!

Stay tuned for details on an experimental telemetry payload we’re putting together as fast as we can solder…