IDXA is currently undergoing a series of attitude control system test onboard our UAVs. The control boards are programmed to allow for PID tuning. The tuning allows for overshoot compensation during the rocket flight. These UAV carry similar sensors and instrumentations that will be placed on board the avionics bay. The flight will be a vertical straight flight and observation will be made for further improvisation.
We are in the peak of our efforts to conduct the educational competition Balloon stellar Stratosphere in Croatia. Australian team members, Robert and Jason Brand, and our CTO, Tim Blaxland, have arrived to Zagreb, Croatia, to help us launch the balloons carrying the students' experiments as the payload.
The last 2-3 weeks the Eurolujna Team has been very much active on small vacuum chambers, and in actually changing and rebuilding the small vacuum chamber so that it fits the purpose of the experiments.
Originally the "new" Euroluna high vacuum chamber was "just" a tube on top of the turbo pump. To that then asn inspection glass was added, so visual observations of events in the chamber could be observed.
The next step was adding a pressure transducer to the chamber, so that measuements of the pressure, both at high vacuum and after the oil pump could be known.
The 18th version of The International Air and Space Fair, FIDAE 2014, opened on March 25th. Team AngelicvM was present at this important meeting. On the 26th the Team was invited to attend the conference "Chile, Geographical Platform for Space Activity" given by Gabriel Rodríguez García-Huidobro (Ambassador and Director of Energy, Science, Technology and Innovation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs). Attending on behalf of AngelicvM where Armando Azúa, Astrobiologist, and Jorge Vidal, Senior Supervisor.
The first training exercise to assemble the Portable Dome Planetarium took place his week at the AngelicvM Lo Boza offices. The assembly was monitored by Armando Azúa, (Astrobiologist) and attended by Benjamín Correa Vice President, AngelicvM, Jaime
This week arrived to Lo Boza´s facilities the first container that will integrate the robotics laboratory of AngelicvM.
We have just passed into the second quarter of 2014, and as normal, it is time to make the overall list of the social media and our engagement. In the past 3 month, we have put 39 short google plus blogs online. Tis is mostly about what there is of general news, and what the team is doing.
Included in this number is also the 10 videos which we have published on you tube for a total of 15 minutes plus.
SpaceIL, a nonprofit organization aiming to land the first Israeli spacecraft on the Moon and a participant in the prestigious Google Lunar X Prize (GLXP) competition, announced today the receipt of a $16.4 million donation from the Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Family Foundation.
Astrobotic’s rover development group at Carnegie Mellon University is developing the Mobility Testbed – a rover to facilitate testing representative of the rover that will fly on Astrobotic’s mission to the Moon’s Lacus Mortis region.The Mobility Testbed has the same mobility configuration as the “protoflight” rover that will undergo environmental testing during the Milestone Prize Accomplishment Round but is constructed primarily out of terrestrial-grade components and materials.