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.
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.
SPACE Club 2016-17 officers
- President, Angela Meyer
- Vice President, Olivia Rycroft
- Secretary, Tyler Heffner
- Treasurer, Mark Leadingham
- Faculty adviser, Tracey DeLaney
Space Club meetings
- Oct. 10, 2016 — Program the payload’s inertial measurement unit. Check the thermocouple’s amplifier. Circuit diagram. Plan the 3-D circuit board in Autodesk.
- Oct. 25 — Make decision tables that compare circuit components. Evaluate the sensors that arrived today. Plan Space Day. Angela will solder the pin heads on the inertial measurement unit. Computer programming in C.
- Oct. 31 — Evaluate SparkFun components that arrived today. Review PowerPoint presentation.
- Nov. 14 — Update PowerPoint. Design holders for piezoelectric sensors. Test thermocouple and inertial measurement unit. Design printed circuit board.
- Jan. 16, 2017 — Angela and Mark give their Science Public Outreach Team presentation.
- Jan. 25 — Olivia is designing our printed circuit board. Mark is progressing on the control software. Dustin is putting the Space Day program together. Angela is preparing our design review for NASA-Fairmont. We could use some help on the CAD drawings of our circuit board.
- Feb. 7 — Space Day planning. Printed circuit board design. Software testing. 3D CAD printed circuit board.
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.