As you probably know, finals have come to the University of Minnesota, and with them, the students have all dug themselves study holes to disappear into. That means we’ll be taking a little hiatus on blog updates until the spring semester. We still have an exciting update from the avionics subteam in store for this update, so don’t run off yet.
Happy holidays, and good luck on finals!
– David Deng
Subteam Spotlight: Avionics
First LPRD PCB schematic as originally designed by Gaurav Manda
This is the first PCB, our team member, Gaurav, has designed in his life (career). This is also the first electric board for LPRD team. Gaurav has put lots of effort into this design as we can see. He used EAGLE to design this pcb board. We will put this to our control panel to reduce the circuits and wires.
PCB Layout from Eagle
This is the front face of actual board layout of the pcb board simulated by the program. We have sent the design to a company and will hopefully get it within a few weeks!
Test stand electronics connector wiring layout
As you may or may not know, we used to have about a dozen separate wires that all needed to be connected together correctly for engine operation. When we bundled them all together, this is the layout we used. Glen Smith wired and soldered the wires into the connectors. This is his hand drawing layout to record the pins wires information.
Member Spotlight: Vaughn Weirens
My name is Vaughn Weirens, I’m a Junior majoring in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics with a minor in Astronomy here at the University of Minnesota. I am a member on the LPRD Rocketry Launch Team. I joined LPRD Rocketry because it seemed like a fun project to learn about rocketry and engineering while also trying something fun and unique to rocketry. I am also involved with the AIAA Space Transport Design Competition here at the University. My hobbies include reading, board games, video games, playing the bass guitar, and learning more about space and science. I hope to take the experience I gain with me from the University and from LPRD Rocketry to work in the Astronautics Industry designing rocket systems, hopefully propulsion systems. I am inspired by the works of science fiction authors such as Isaac Asimov and H. G. Wells as well as scientists and engineers such as Bill Nye, Carl Saga, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, and organizations and companies like NASA and Space-X. My dream is to be one of the people that helps make the warp drive/hyperdrive/Alcubierre drive a reality.
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