On December 26, 2020, our first satellite, EQUISat, deorbited. In the fall of 2020, the team finished gathering and analyzing data from EQUiSat’s operation. So far, the LiFePO4 batteries’ performance is promising, and submitted a mission report to NASA recording our findings.
The team is now hard at work designing and prototyping our next CubeSat, PVDX!
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!