2/19/24 Newsletter


For the month of January, a few weeks into starting the new spring semester we had our first couple general meetings.The first general meeting was a blast as we kicked off the semester with Dakota and Joey leading a beginner lesson on the Arduino. We also threw a New Member Orientation, complete with pizza and good vibes. Welcome to all our awesome new members – we're stoked to have you on board!
Here's to a semester of learning, building, and awesome moments together. Stay tuned for more exciting events!

We're thrilled to share the latest updates from the CubeSat Team as we gear up for an exciting semester of groundbreaking work. Our team has reached a significant milestone with the design of our payload detector nearing completion. Both our ground and air testing teams are gearing up for action, marking the next phase of our mission. Our ground crew is all set to conduct radiation testing on the payload detector. Meanwhile, our air crew is preparing to launch a High Altitude Balloon, carrying the detector halfway to the eventual CubeSat's orbit. This marks a significant leap towards the realization of our goals, and we are eager to witness the outcomes of this essential testing phase. This high-altitude balloon launch will occur this semester, further expanding our capabilities and pushing the boundaries of our CubeSat project. We'll be in the air as soon as you can see the sun from Rochester! Our dedicated vehicle team is actively engaged in a collaborative effort to set requirements for RIT's first CubeSat destined for space. This groundwork is crucial for guiding the subsequent design phase, as we pave the way for future teams to launch payloads without the need to design a full CubeSat. This semester promises to be a thrilling journey for the CubeSat Team, and we invite you to join us in celebrating these achievements and milestones. Stay tuned for more updates as we continue to reach for the stars!


Rovers continue designing the rover and fully articulating arm. The ARM team is continuing to finish the CAD design.  Mechanical has begun fabrication to complete the rover chassis.  Electrical is completing their main body board for rover drivetrain control.  The science team has begun testing samples and finishing CAD models.  Software is working on coding the CAN communication for the rover to drive and operate successfully.  Overall, we are having a great start to the semester.