Is this project an undergraduate, graduate, or faculty project?

Undergraduate

individual

Authors' Class Standing

Sophia Zaccarine, Senior

Lead Presenter's Name

Sophia Zaccarine

Faculty Mentor Name

Doug Rowland

Abstract

VISIONS and VISIONS-2 are sounding rocket missions with the goal of analyzing the auroral wind and cusp ion outflow using low energy neutral atom (ENA) imaging at low altitudes of the ionosphere [1]. The Cubesat Electric Field Instrument (CEFI) is a 3-axis instrument housed in the VISIONS-2 sounding rocket, containing 6 rigid booms, contained inside half the volume of a standard 6U cubesat. Measurements from the CEFI will greatly enhance our understanding of how energy in the ionosphere flows and dissipates [2]. The CEFI Boom Sensor Box is a component of the CEFI, housing much of the sensitive electronics controlling various instrumentation on the VISIONS-2 sounding rocket. Having small and low-cost satellite equipment such as the CEFI is highly desirable because they permit dense multipoint networks of observations, by flying many simpler and less expensive spacecraft. The first goal of this project is to improve the current CEFI Boom Sensor Box to properly house the electronics, be cheaper to manufacture, and be more structurally stable. The second goal is to design, develop, and create an electronic layout of the magnetometer and motor flight board housed in the CEFI Boom Sensor Box, using PowerLogic and PADS design software.

Did this research project receive funding support (Spark or Ignite Grants) from the Office of Undergraduate Research?

No

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Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Designs: Created for the Motorized Boom Deployer on the VISIONS-2 Sounding Rocket Campaign

VISIONS and VISIONS-2 are sounding rocket missions with the goal of analyzing the auroral wind and cusp ion outflow using low energy neutral atom (ENA) imaging at low altitudes of the ionosphere [1]. The Cubesat Electric Field Instrument (CEFI) is a 3-axis instrument housed in the VISIONS-2 sounding rocket, containing 6 rigid booms, contained inside half the volume of a standard 6U cubesat. Measurements from the CEFI will greatly enhance our understanding of how energy in the ionosphere flows and dissipates [2]. The CEFI Boom Sensor Box is a component of the CEFI, housing much of the sensitive electronics controlling various instrumentation on the VISIONS-2 sounding rocket. Having small and low-cost satellite equipment such as the CEFI is highly desirable because they permit dense multipoint networks of observations, by flying many simpler and less expensive spacecraft. The first goal of this project is to improve the current CEFI Boom Sensor Box to properly house the electronics, be cheaper to manufacture, and be more structurally stable. The second goal is to design, develop, and create an electronic layout of the magnetometer and motor flight board housed in the CEFI Boom Sensor Box, using PowerLogic and PADS design software.