Archive for the ‘Milestones’ Category

PostHeaderIcon Lecture on Plasma Electrolysis Propulsion

Desktop Delta-V workshop in Providence, RI

Paul Kocyla joined the Desktop Delta-V workshop this year. The topic was safe propulsion for small spacecrafts.
He gave a lecture on plasma electrolysis propulsion for cubesats.

PostHeaderIcon Optical Navigation Module V2.0

Navigation module prototype v2.0

The next navigation module prototype is ready for testing under real space conditions. This includes high vacuum, radiation, sunlight exposure and a shaking test to simulate forces during the launch.
The module is an embedded camera system with fast algorithms for determining the position of the sun and planetsĀ“ horizons for estimation of attitude and position in space. Star tracking tests are pending.
A monitoring board (right side) is connected to the module to measure the temperatures of the moduleĀ“s components and all system voltages and currents. (10 Sep. 2011, Paul Kocyla)

PostHeaderIcon Navigation Module Prototype

succesfully tested in high vacuum

First navigation module prototype has been tested in the vacuum chamber and survived without any problems.