Camera Field of View Test

Objective: To test which GoPro field of view if most optimal for the side camera to record the tray opening and closing. Gaining footage of the horizon is also a secondary goal.

Method: GoPro Hero 3+ Silver, the camera that will be used for the sides, was mounted in its casing and payload box to simulate recording on the day of the flight. A previous model of the petri dish assembly will be positioned at various distances on the side. A ruler was used to measure the distance of the payload from the petri dish assembly to record different distance possibilities.

The camera was recorded at 1080p and 60fps.

Camera mounted into the new, lightweight casing. 
Using a standard ruler to measure distance.
Below is a diagram of all the possible frames of second and fields of view for each resolution within GoPro Hero 3+ Black, the camera that will be used for the top.  It has been determined for the side camera to record at 60fps at 1080p, in which the possible fields of view are wide, medium, and…

Week 4, Thursday


We are looking into other methods of analyzing meteor dust. In addition to using an electron microscope, we are also looking into:

Spectroscopic analysisTitrationQualitative analysis of cations and/or anions.


Yesterday, we started printing the bottom holder component, but the 3D printer jammed roughly halfway into the print. Enough of the slot for the petri dish was printed for us to test if it fits, which it does. We are going to try reprinting the component today. We tried printing another copy, but the printer jammed again after printing the first few layers. A third attempt is underway.

We are also reprinting the back parts of the camera casings. Earlier, we removed part of one of the walls of the components' model to resolve a clipping issue between it and the camera. We cannot incorporate this change into the existing prints of the component without risking the removal of the whole wall.


We resolved some issues with the circuit board schematics.


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Week 4, Wednesday


We are taking inventory of what we need for the tethered launch.


We have made revisions to the bottom holder and rail components of the dust capturing system and are going to start printing one or both pieces of the assembly today.

We are also sanding down the newer lid to reduce friction and add clearance.


We are still testing how to compensate for the motors' low torque. The two methods we are considering are using a higher voltage to yield more torque and using two motors per assembly and have them operate slower.


We are trying to determine if aluminum and/or mylar foil will aid in reducing heat buildup as initially hypothesized. Of the websites and reviews read, it seems mylar is the better solution. It is more reflective, provides more insulation, and is lighter than aluminum foil.

Week 4, Tuesday


We are going over what we need for the tethered flight, namely what we have and what we need.

We also discussed what we are doing for "phase 2" of the HAB Project: launching hobby rockets from a high altitude balloon.


The second lid has been printed but needed to be sanded down. Otherwise, the second lid weighs the same as the first: 0.25 lbs.

We are also printed both of the gears today. Unlike the prototype assembly, the new gears can be back-driven without neither them nor the lid slipping. However, the motors by themselves could not provide enough torque to retract and extend the lid. This was remedied by overvolting them.


We are continuing to test logging the data from the sensors.


We have conducted another experiment with the cameras and compiled a report:

Camera Test in the Sun

Last week we were able to test the GoPro cameras outside tosee at what temperature the GoPro cameras fail, especially the top camera thatwould be directly facing the sun. The high was 83F in the afternoon, withseveral clouds in the sky. The thermometer cord was attached to the back of thetop camera to record its changes in temperature.

Results: 38900 Lux of Sun on Roof
Top Camera (#1, GoproHero 3+ Black, 720p at 120fps):

98.2F - Initial Thermometer Reading at 10:35AM
116.8F - Thermometer Reading at 11:57AM
108.7F- Thermometer Reading at 1:16PM
36.5GB of memory used, recorded for 2 hours and 52 min (172min)
Side Camera (#2,GoPro Hero 3+ Silver, 1080p at 60fps): Temperature data not recorded for this experiment 31.7GB of memory used, recorded for 2 hours and 54 min (174min)
Side Camera (#3,GoPro Hero 3+Silver, 1080p at 60fps): Temperature data not recorded for this experiment 28.9GB of memory used, recorded for 2 hours and 54 min (174min)
Due to looming black rain clouds, the p…

Week 4, Monday


We discussed general issues and status updates regarding the subdivisions of the HAB Team. One of the topics discussed was the risks to the electronics onboard the payload on landing as well as the risks to ourselves depending on where it falls.

On a similar note, we set up accounts and channels for Slack to improve communication between teammates.
Professor Griffo and Ian looked over and updated the 2016 checklist so that it applies to our current project. It includes everything we need and directions for launch. We still need to go over the checklist to make sure we still have everything in the toolbox or if we need anything else.  
We are also deciding on the parameters for the upcoming tethered flight.

We refined the newer print of the lid to reduce its thickness and width. These issues were likely because of the slicing software and/or printer rounding to the wrong measurements. We sanded down the sides of the lid in addition to reprinting the component with reduced lay…

Week 3, Thursday


We ran a new simulation of the flight trajectory using the CUSF Landing Predictor 2.5 and searched for the displayed landing coordinates on Google Maps. If launched today, the payload would land at 41.2763 N, 74.8146 W, which is in Sandyston, New Jersey near the Delaware River. If launched a week later on June 13th, the payload would land at 42.8818 N, 74.9573 W, which is in Warren, New York in or near Cullen and on a farmyard (amidst some hay bales).


The good news is that the lid has been printed. The bad news is that it is too thick to fit into the rim. Work is underway to fix the component's model and reprint it.

Hardware & Software

A new circuit board is being printed.


We are testing the cameras in direct sunlight to determine if they will fail. We also reviewed the footage of prior launches to better prepare for the payload's retrieval.