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Rocket launch

June 24, 2017—Angela Meyer and Olivia Rycroft travelled to the NASA launch facility at Wallops Island to help NASA engineers install their payload on a Terrier Improved Orion sounding rocket. They observed the launch and retrieved their data.

Later in June, they presented results at NASA Fairmont. This is the fourth year in a row that our students have launched payloads.

Space Club projects

Spring Semester 2018—Josh Tenney is working on a touchscreen temperature controller for a laser using a Raspberry Pi software system. Bobbi Mitchell and Becca Davis are working on a temperature sensor using an Arduino interface.

Mark Leadingham is using a Comdyna GP-6 analog computer to simulate chaotic motion. Emily Kearney is working on a project to use an Arduino to interface an infrared camera.

Olivia Rycroft and Angela Meyer are working on a payload for NASA’s RockSat-X rocket launch next June. Tyler Hefner is working on a Basic Stamp computer control system.

Rocket launch

June 24, 2016 — Angela Meyer and Olivia Rycroft spent a week at NASA-Wallops-Island. They worked with NASA engineers to install their payload on a Terrier Improved Orion sounding rocket. They watched the launch, retrieved their payload, and analyzed the data. The photo shows the rocket with their payload.

SPOT training

Sept. 17, 2016 — Angela Meyer and Mark Leadingham attended a training session for the Space Public Outreach Team at Green Bank. SPOT members are undergraduate student-ambassadors who give science-themed presentations to K-12 students in West Virginia.

Student Partnership for the Advancement of Cosmic Exploration

On August 28, 2008, the NASA-WV Space Grant Consortium gathered a focus group of students interested in space exploration and sciences. The students established the Student Partnership for the Advancement of Cosmic Exploration (SPACE), which has grown to include branches at many colleges and universities in West Virginia.

SPACE’s purpose is to promote space exploration for the benefit of humanity. SPACE established five initiatives: curriculum development, research, internships, financial support, and public outreach.

Angela Meyer makes presentation at NASA IV&V

April 16, 2016 — Angela Meyer and Tyler Heffner attended the annual NASA-SPACE Day, hosted this year by the NASA-WV Space Grant Consortium and Fairmont State University. Angela, as President of the SPACE Club, gave a poster presentation about the small rocket payload that the club built to fly on board a sounding rocket to be launched from NASA Wallops Island in June as part of the RockSat-C program. Our payload uses an inertial measurement unit to sense the rocket’s spinning motion. An Arduino microprocessor records the data and then an H-bridge drives a small reaction motor in response to the rocket’s spin. This is an example of a reaction wheel, which is used to control the orientation of spacecraft. In the photo are Dr. DeLaney and SPACE Club members Angela Meyer, Olivia Rycroft, and Tyler Hefner.