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Parks Students Attend the SHOT II 2010 Workshop

June 16, 2010
Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering, Parks College News

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Four Parks College students, Allison Cook, Maria Barna, Steve Massey and Will Sutton, attended the SHOT II Workshop in Boulder, Colorado June 11-13, 2010 to test the sub-systems for their satellite, Copper 6.  The Workshop is a 3-day educational program conducted by the Colorado Space Grant Consortium at the University of Colorado at Boulder.  AFRL funded 4 students from Parks and 10 other participating Nanosat teams, from institutions such as MIT, Cornell, Santa Clara University and Georgia Institute of Technology. The workshop provided students with an opportunity to launch a small payload on a high altitude balloon, in order to observe the effects of a near space environment on their flight experiment.  The experimental payload flown was designed, constructed and tested prior to the SHOT II Workshop.  Their designs had to meet the requirements set forth by the sponsoring organizations.  Participation in program events was part of the NS-6 Flight Competition.

On Friday, teams made individual mission presentations and verified pre-launch requirements.  On Saturday, they launched their payloads then recovered their devices using GPS trackers.  On Sunday, presentations of the preliminary results were made to workshop sponsors and attendees.

The Parks team will go to a national competition during the Spring 2011 term to present their completed project.  If the team wins, their satellite will be launched into space. 

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