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RIT’s Space Exploration (SPEX) group performs high altitude balloon (HAB) launches. One reason for a HAB launch is to test cubesat systems relatively cheaply and easily. An instrumentation platform is needed as a base station for these HAB missions. The instrumentation platform will operate in a near space environment, and will need to communicate with a ground base station; thus, a major portion of this base functionality is the communication system. There have been platforms and balloon launches in the past (METEOR 2005), but they were not all successful and did not provide a great deal of functionality.

The goals of this project are to create and test a base system to acquire and transmit location and telemetry information and video, interface with GPS and transceivers, and receive and execute ground commands. The final design must will be integrated with a partner project “Data Acquisition and Control System”. These two systems combined will form a functional prototype that can be used for future SPEX missions. The resulting design and prototype will be well documented and tested with the launch of the functioning system on a HAB mission.

For more detailed information check out our Problem Definition!

Project Name
High Altitude Balloon Communications (HABIP-COMMS)
Project Number
P17104
Partner Project
High Altitude Balloon Data Acquisition and Control System (HABIP-DAQCS)
Start Term
2161
End Term
2165
Project Guide
Vince Burolla - vabddm@rit.edu
Primary Customer
Dr. Dorin Patru - dxpeee@rit.edu
Sponsor (financial support)
Boeing

Sponsors

Maxon Motors
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Boeing
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RIT SPEX

Acknowledgements

Special thanks to:

Team Members

Members from left to right: Matt, Connor, Adam, Ian

Members from left to right: Matt, Connor, Adam, Ian

Member Major Role Contact
Adam Steenkamer EE Project Manager ads3385@rit.edu
Ian Prechtl ME Lead Mechanical Engineer irp2474@rit.edu
Matt Zachary EE Lead Hardware Engineer mbz6532@rit.edu
Connor Goldberg EE Lead Embedded Engineer cjg3259@rit.edu

Table of Contents

MSD I & II MSD I MSD II

Planning & Execution

Project Photos and Videos

Imagine RIT

Gate Reviews

Problem Definition

Systems Design

Preliminary Detailed Design

Detailed Design

Build & Test Prep

Subsystem Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test with Customer Demo

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation

Acknowledgements

We would like to thank Mr. Vincent Burolla, Dr. Dorin Patru, and Mark A. "EEE" Indovina, for their invaluable guidance and support.