Prototype V1.0 – PingPongSat

We are proud to show the pictures of the first PingPongSat prototype! It is the first step in transfering the framework developed using the MSP430 LaunchPad to a dedicated piece of hardware. Everything is working, safe and sound! Soon we are gonna publish detailed data of the tests we are running. Stay tuned!

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PCB V1 (2)

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Sensor data acquisition program – Using the nRF24L01

Another video highlighting the interface between the MSP430 LaunchPad and a RF transciever. This time, we are using the nRF24L01 as an alternative to the XBee module. Check it out:

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Sensor data acquisition program – How does it work?

Here is a short video showing the MSP430G2553 acquiring accelerometer data and using a pair of XBee modules to transmit the acquired data via a wireless link. Soon we are gonna provide the programs to download. Stay tuned!

 

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It is work day at the lab (well, it is always work day)!! Here are two shots showing us tackling some little problems on the PingPongSat code.

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A First Project Chronogram

To keep track of our weekly tasks and guide the work of the 2 undergrad students who just joined our team (André and Wesley), a 11-weeks chronogram for the 2 CanSat activities was generated: the Camera Module and the PingPongSat. Thus, in the end of August we should have something already “buzzing” to show… Stay tuned for updates soon!!

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The PingPongSat – Conceptual Project

Here is a short video showing the conceptual idea of the PingPongSat, our own CanSat initiative that is under development at the LPS. In the near future, we are going to provide detailed information about the several parts of this project.

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Meanwhile in the Rocket Group…

Yes, we also have a rocket group which works in parallel with us. They are currently design and testing a rocket propulsion system. It is the core of the small rocket prototype that should be finished in the end of the year. Take a look at this footage of the first burning test:

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Undergraduate students to join the LPS CanSat team

Português – Procura-se alunos de graduação para iniciação científica no projeto CanSat. Detalhes no folder abaixo.

English – We are currently looking for undergraduate students to join the LPS CanSat team. The activities and requirements are described in the folder (in Portuguese).

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Flight Test 2 – Rocket (@Noshiro, Japan – August 2012)

Following the first test in Tokyo, there was a complete flight test in Noshiro during the Noshiro Space Event. Below there is a video showing the Team B test from launch to land. Look the awesome takes from the CanSat camera module, showing the shore of Noshiro.

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Flight Test 1 – Baloon (@Tokyo, Japan – August 2012)

Here is a video showing the test from the ground perspective and from the CanSat perspective. It was a brief test to evaluate the circuit performance and the telemetry.

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