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Presentations

                                                                            Design Reviews         Interim Reviews         Documentation
                                                                            CoDR         STR          Final Report
                                                                            PDR         ISTR & ISTR2          
                                                                            CDR         FMSR          
                                                                                      LRR          

 

Mission

  • The objective of the WVU RockSat mission will be to measure the density of electrons as a function of altitude. 
  • The goal of WVWC SPACE is to measure the variations in magnitude of Earth’s magnetic field over the course of the rocket’s flight using an IMU sensor

 

Team Members

  1. Joshua Hiett is a senior in the West Virginia Wesleyan College Department of Physics.  Joshua is pursuing a B.S. in Applied Physics with a Math minor.  Joshua is involved in the Physics/Engineering Club, Student Partnership for the Advancement of Cosmic Exploration (SPACE), and a member of the Theta Xi fraternity.  He is also conducting undergraduate research to build a self stabilizing platform using an Arduino microcontroller and an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU). Joshua plans to attend graduate school in Aerospace Engineering and Space System Engineering.
  2. Andrew Knotts is a senior in the West Virginia Wesleyan College Department of Physics and is pursuing an Engineering degree.  Andrew is involved in the Physics/Engineering Club, Student Partnership for the Advancement of Cosmic Exploration (SPACE), Space Public Outreach Team (SPOT), is an athlete in both Cross Country and Track and Field, and is a member of the Theta Chi fraternity.
  3. Edwin Mann is a sophomore in the West Virginia University Department of Computer Engineering.  Eddie is pursuing a B.S. in Computer Engineering.
  4. Matthew Hergenroeder is a sophomore in the West Virginia University Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.  Matt is pursuing a  B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering.
  5. Christopher Sommers is a junior at West Virginia University and is pursuing a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering. Chris is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and astronautics (AIAA) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineer (ASME) student organizations. Chris is an undergraduate research assistant for the NASA Spray Cooling Project, which researches a promising method for cooling of high power density electronics.
  6. Amy Sardone is a senior in the West Virginia University Department of Physics and Astronomy.  Amy has a B.A. in Music from Dallas Baptist University and is currently working towards a B.S. in Physics and Astronomy.  Amy is currently conducting research by looking for Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) in pulsar data from the Green Bank Telescope.  Amy will be applying to graduate schools in Physics and Astronomy in 2014.
  7. Caitlin Ahrens is a senior in the West Virginia University Department of Physics and Astronomy and Department of Geology.  Caitlin is pursuing a B.S. in Physics and Astronomy and a B.S. in Geology.  Caitlin is currently researching: pulsar glitch analysis at West Virginia University (WVU), earthquake hazard assessment at WVU, Martian aeolian geology in collaboration with the United States Geological Survey in Arizona (USGS Arizona), and space dust grain geology in a joint collaboration between WVU and the State University of New York at Geneseo (SUNY-Geneseo).
  8. Joseph Kotula is a sophomore in the West Virginia University Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.  Joe is pursuing a B.S in Mechanical Engineering and a B.S. Aerospace Engineering.  Joe is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the West Virginia University Snowboarding Club.
  9. Ryan Watson is a senior in the West Virginia University Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.
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