UofS Space Team Project STARFOX, Can-RGX Micro Gravity Research

Project STARFOX

Project StarFox - Can-RGX Logo

Project STARFOX (Spinning Terrestrial Analog Regolith Filtering Operation eXperiment), the USST proposal for the Canadian Reduced Gravity Experiment Design Challenge (CAN-RGX), has been accepted.

The STARFOX Division will be headed to Ottawa this summer to conduct microgravity research, with mission specialists Adam Lozinsky and Aaron Peters flying onboard the NRC’s Falcon 20 research aircraft.

Adam Lozinski describes the project as “ambitious but approachable.” The team is well on their way, having completed their critical design review and now moving on to constructing their testing apparatus (design shown to right).

Stay tuned for more updates!

To arrange interviews, contact:

Marielle Gauthier Communications Officer
College of Engineering
University of Saskatchewan
306 966-7924
marielle.gauthier@usask.ca

Featured phtoto by Danno Peters. From left to right Jordan Himmelsbach, J. Matthew Gjevre, Skylar Koroluk, David Forseille, Aaron Peters, Adam Lozinsky, Carson Daly, and Liam Gray.

USST Passes 2015 URC Critical Design Review

The USST has passed the final stage to attend the 2015 University Rover Challenge. While there was a record of 44 team’s to apply to the URC, only 23 were accepted to participate in this challenge. This decision was based on the critical design review where the team’s had to submit both a report, and a video for this. For more information on the accepted team’s the official announcement can be viewed here.

URC 2015 Critical Design Review Video

As a part of URC 2015, there will be a limit on the number of teams that can participate due to logistical challenges faced in last year’s competition. The final milestone before the competition the team must pass before competition is to complete the critical design review. One aspect of this is a video that demonstrates the progress of the team on its design and construction. Check out our video submission!

High Altitude Balloon – Processed Images

Below are the images we processed off of our High Altitude balloon. The first is a NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index), the second is a raw Infra Red Image, and the third and fourth are visual image.

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High Altitude Balloon – Splash Down

Today we embarked on our first High Altitude Balloon Launch of the year. We fixed the issues with our cameras from the launch last September, and ran a completely redesigned payload. The launch demonstrated our communications systems that was run for the first time.

It was also one of the most eventful launches as the payload landed in water. Members worked to retrieve the payload from the water. All the data was still retrieved. When all is said and done, it was a very successful launch.

In case you are interested, footage from the camera on board has been compiled. You will notice how cloudy it was that day, and how much smoke still lingered in the air from the forest fires up north.

 

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