“A Go Pro camera will be used in these experiments. What a game-changing device.”
New Virginia Tech Aerospace Innovations are Set to Travel Aboard NASA Program
Three Virginia Tech
experiments are scheduled to travel aboard a NASA Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket as it takes off form the Wallops Flight Facility Friday morning. Built by Virginia Tech
College of Engineering students, these aerospace innovations are part of Virginia Tech’s MAVREX (Mechanical Aperture-cover and Virtual Reality Experiment) payload – one of five U.S. university payloads taking off between 6:45 and 10 am. Friday, March 27. According to the Virginia Tech
Engineering Tumblr, the Hokie experiments include a mechanical sensor aperture cover, a nitric oxide sensor and a Go-Pro
camera rig, which will be used to create a virtual reality simulation of the flight.
What are these Video Experiments For?
These university video experiments are all a part of the national RockSat-X program, a collaboration with the Colorado Space Grant Consortium at the University of Colorado at Bolder and NASA. The program offers students the chance to be a part of a hands-on approach to designing payloads for suborbital flight, providing students from institutions across the nation the ability to fly their experiments in space. RockSat-X is the third-tier in a multi-phase NASA program. Tier One was called Rock-On and introduced students and instructors to payload development. Tier Two went by the name of RockSat-C and allowed these students and instructors to continue their learning experience by developing an experiment for flight. Now, through Tier Three, will again improve their skills, this time in developing experiments and payloads for spaceflight.
Universities Involved in the Experiment
Five universities are participating in Friday’s flight, including the University of Colorado, Boulder; Idaho-based Northwest Nazarene University; the University of Puerto Rico; and the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. For these universities, this NASA experience is not only exciting – it’s invaluable. “The RockSat-X program empowers students’ creativity and propels them into future space development, innovating STEM concepts into advanced and elaborate experiments,” reads a statement from Oscar Resto, rocket satellite specialist with the University of Puerto Rico, on NASA’s website.
The Virginia Tech team has been at Wallops all week in preparation for their experiment flight. Should the rocket not take off on Friday, back up launch dates are slated for March 28-30.
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