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Monthly Archives: March 2013

Launch 3 Final Update

The BLAST Team is sad to announce that the launch has been cancelled. As you are probably already aware of, weather conditions have not been favourable to say the least. Due to strong winds (gusts at the launch site and strong easterly jet streams) we have decided to abort the launch. The image below shows [...]

Launch 3 Update

Sadly, weather keeps working against us. Tomorrow’s launch has been moved to Friday, and a final decision will be taken tomorrow at lunchtime to decide whether the launch is going to happen or not. As you can see, tomorrow’s jet streams bring us too close to London, while on Friday are the gusts on the [...]

Communications Subsystem Design

by Michael Moore This episode of technical corner will be regarding the design of our communications systems that satellite uses. When looking to create a communications system for our CubeSat we first looked at the possibility of using the on board communications systems of our phone, the available communications were through the GSM networks (the [...]

Launch 3 Update

There will be no launch tomorrow (25/03/2013) as the weather does not look favourable. Next launch window will be Wednesday to Friday next week, when the weather seems to become better again, fingers crossed! Stay tuned for more updates!

Launch 3 Update

Unfortunately we had to abort any possible launch for the weekend, as weather conditions are not what we were hoping for. Sadly there are chances of snow as well as heavy winds that would make the setup for the launch extremely difficult. The next possible date we are looking at is Monday; expect an update [...]

Cubesat Manufacture

by Stephen Lewis A key part of Project BLAST has been the manufacture of the cubesat itself. With modern manufacture techniques, producing metal parts can appear to be as simple as putting a block of metal on a CNC milling machine, uploading a CAD drawing to it and pushing ‘go’. In reality, there is a [...]

Southampton University Science and Engineering Day

The BLAST team is excited to announce that we will participate in the Science and Engineering Day, hosted by the University of Southampton, on Saturday 16th March, as part of the National Science and Engineering Week. The university aims to inspire interest in these fascinating subjects and demonstrate how exciting they can be. The event [...]

Cubesat Manufacturing Update

We are proud to announce that the manufacturing phase of the cubesat has now finished and we are now ready to move onto assembling the 3D printed PCB racks, communications and smartphone components! Pictures and videos of parts of the manufacturing process follow:

Thermal Design

by Sarah Varley When designing anything that goes into space there is a lot of consideration into the thermal environment that the object will encounter. Depending on the mission, temperatures on board can reach exceedingly low levels, and these extreme environments can cause parts or even the whole satellite to shut down. Thermal engineers design [...]

Launch 2 report – 2nd March

As previously stated, the aim of the launch was to give the project group experience at launching and recovering a high altitude balloon with a payload. We also planned to fly SHARP in its modified form for the first time carrying with it the BLAST smartphone running the custom built application. Data from the smartphone [...]