I am really excited about the cool iPad game our newest team member, Analytical Mechanics Associates (AMA), has developed for the Rocket City Space Pioneers. It can be downloaded from the Apple App Store at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/rocket-city-space-pioneers/id481158783?mt=8. We’d like to thank the great team at AMA for all the hard work they put into making this fun game. We hope you enjoy it.
2011 was an exciting year for the Rocket City Space Pioneers. After entering the Google Lunar X PRIZE competition in September of 2010, things got extremely busy for RCSP and the team.
This week, once again, I have been spending a lot of time with students and faculty at the Huntsville Center for Technology (HCT). The excitement is in the air as we near some very big milestones on our Engineering Development Lander (EDL), rover, and moonscape.
We had another great week of progress on our Engineering Development Lander (EDL) and our moonscape efforts at the Huntsville Center for Technology (HCT). They are a great STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) partner. The kids are really creative and are gaining a lot of hands-on experience building a system that will be used for planning, fit checks, etc.
As Team Leader of the Rocket City Space Pioneers (RCSP), I continue to have opportunities to do educational outreach.
Tim Pickens demonstrated rocket engine firings to Dynetics Explorers.
This past year we’ve accomplished a lot while making small proof-of-concept hardware prototypes of our rover with the help of the Huntsville Center for Technology (HCT) and software systems with the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). When HCT left off last spring, they had just finished the latest revision of their rover and impressed us by climbing steeper and steeper slopes. The students wanted to add suction cups so it could climb up walls, but we reminded them that suction cups won’t work so well on the moon. The students designed and built everything you see
Progress continues on designing and fabricating the various components of the Rocket City Space Pioneers Engineering Development Lander (EDL). Students from the Huntsville City Schools’ Center for Technology (HCT) are learning first-hand what it is like to design space hardware.