Today, our team is gathering and analyzing data from EQUiSat’s operation. So far, the LiFePO4 batteries’ performance is promising, and we hope to publish a paper detailing our findings within the next year. Most of the people that worked on EQUiSat are now hard at work designing and prototyping our next CubeSat, which we will be excited to announce during the 2018-2019 school year.
Our outreach team is very busy, teaching lessons and giving presentations about our satellite, space, and engineering in general. In the past we have hosted a teaching program, right here in Providence, RI. During this program, our team teaches students about space and engineering. Additionally, they provide the students with awesome science experiments that teach kids the intuition behind the physical principles of space travel. Remember Newton’s third law? It’s the fundamental equation that allows rockets to fly! Our students have made bottle rockets and balloon cars that work on the same principles! We hope to continue teaching and expand our lessons to more students. Let us know if you would like us to come to your school and present!
Our R&D team successfully launched their first high-altitude weather balloon. We built its payload and balloon, launched, and recovered it in one semester! We are currently working on our second balloon, which will test deployable solar panel technology.