P19571: Solar Spectrograph


Project Summary Project Information

A solar spectrograph is a device that detects radio-frequency (RF) emissions from the Sun as a result of solar flares and Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs). As a part of the Callisto global warning system, it has the capability to autonomously track the Sun, monitor emissions, and save data to a server in Zurich, with little to no data corruption as a result of local interference. This would allow for accurate early warning of dangerous induced blackouts and total satellite loss. The existing scope can only record the raw data. It is not autonomous, nor does it work during night-time hours, account for interference, or save data off-site for global reference.

The goals of this project are to add autonomous operation, process the raw data and save it to the Swiss server, account for local interference, and ensure that the system remains both weather and wildlife resistant. This all needs to be done with as much of the existing hardware of the scope as possible, and with all software development in-house.

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Project Name
RIT Autonomous Solar Spectrometer
Project Number
Start Term
Fall 2018
End Term
Spring 2019
Faculty Guide
Martin Pepe
Primary Customer
Martin Pepe
Sponsor (financial support)
ASRAS- Astronomy Section Rochester Academy of Science


Team Members

Team picture at Ionia, NY

Team picture at Ionia, NY

Member Role Contact
Nicolas Law RF Engineering nal5144@rit.edu
Fen Zhong Wu Software fxw1803@rit.edu
Swaran Singh Hardware sxs8347@rit.edu
Drew Serva Mechanical dxs3221@rit.edu
Martin Pepe Guide mjpastro@gmail.com

Work Breakdown: By Phase


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

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation (Verification & Validation)


Project funded by ASRAS (Astronomy Section Rochester Academy Science)