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Final UCO near space

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Transcript of Final UCO near space

Team Mentors
Ahmed Alshbaan (EP-Mechanical Systems) Dr David L Martin
Blice Okome (EP- Physics) Dr Weldon Wilson
Jerry Haubrick (EP- Physics)
Pankaj Karna (EP- Physics)

Near Space Experimental Venture
1 Experiments / Flight computer /Air frame
2 Pre-flight testing & Data Collection
3 Launch target 60,000 ft
4 Measurement of Cosmic Radiation Intensity
5 Measurement of Earth's Magnetic Field Intensity
6 Recovery

Flight Interface

Capsule Design
Capsule Design

Material : Extruded Polystyrene

Moisture impervious
Good shock absorber
Low thermal conductivity (.033 W/m.K)
Capsule Prototype
Solving an Engineering Design Problem
: Heat Exchange Model

Challenge :

1. Avoid exchange of heat with ambiant environment (-65 C )
2. Prevent Loss of pressure from the capsule
3. Find suitable material and dimensions to meet the above two requirements

The UCO Near Space Venture is an engineering project to design, construct, launch and recover an upper atmosphere research platform
Our Payload
At the heart of payload is the flight Computer
-Processes and logs data
Experimental Set Up:
1)Simulate data collection
2)Choose the gauss-meter Device
3)Test the Gaussmeter Device
4)Load it and cross fingers

- Extreme Temperature
-Battery life
- Loss of payload
Near Space Venture
Magnetic Field Intensity Variation
# The use of high altitude balloons for upper atmosphere
research is becoming highly desirable by academia,
commercial industry, and military
# Current costs for rocket based launches are approximately
$10,000 per pound of payload. High altitude balloons provide
a cheaper alternative with reasonable safety factor.
# First high altitude balloon Launched in 1896
-led to the discovery of Stratosphere
# 244 successful launches reported in 2013
Deliverable 1
Completion of Flight Computer and Airframe
Preflight Test and Ground Data
Deliverable 2
- stabilizes x, y, and z axes for gaussmeter
Target 60,000 ft Achieved 109600ft
Deliverable 3 : Launch

Cosmic Radiation Measurement
Deliverable 5 :
Deliverbale 4
1mG = 0.1uT
Time Management
Testing &
Project Design
20 th of April, Saturday
30 weeks of Senior Design
6 weeks 20%
6 weeks 20%
9 weeks 30%
4 weeks 15%
3 weeks 10%
2 weeks 10%
Dr David Martin
Dr Weldon Wilson
Dr. Evan Lemly
Dr. Ait Moussa
Mr Harry Mueller
Mr Kevin Rada
Mr Shams Shahadat
National Weather Service, Norman, Ok
Lazarewicz, A. R., & U.S. Air Force Geophysics Laboratory. (1985). Balloon-borne, high altitude gravimetry: The flight of DUCKY Ia (11 October 1983). Hanscom AFB, MA: Earth Sciences Division, Air Force Geophysics Laboratory.

Downing, R. G., Weiss, R. S., & Jet Propulsion Laboratory (U.S.). (1984). Results of the 1984 NASA/JPL balloon flight solar cell calibration program. Pasadena, Calif: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology.
Safety Measures
The Balloon contained Helium , Hydrogen is a cheapear option but it is flammable

Total weight of payload was less than 12pounds, Individual parts less than 2 pounds as required by FAA

Launch was registered with FAA
all pilots in Oklahoma Airspace had info

Anyone working in the shop(s) as always accompanied by atleast 1 more person as required by our department of Engineering and Physics
Onboard Electronics
Atmospheric Parameters
Tracking and recovery
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