This project was created for NASA's Student Launch Initiative. We demonstrated our build on March 29th, 2015. We won First Place in the High School Division. My role on the team was Lead Payload Engineer and Safety Officer.
The objective of this project is to design, construct, and operate an EOI (Earth Observing Instrument) that captures aerial images and use a classification algorithm to determine the land features on captured images. Unlike Earth observation satellites, orbiting above us right now, covering large areas, our EOI can be used for local observations, trading lower coverage for quicker, higher resolution images and quicker turnaround rates. Our classification program was a standard CNN for images. The payload was constructed using a 3D printed chassis to mount 4 Raspberry Pi's each attached to a RaspPi camera. The 4 Pi's were coordinated using a timing board to make sure to synchronize the images. The rocket was constructed out of fiberglass and metal components. To hit that one mile apogee AGL and not exceed, we flew a K-class civilian motor.
We had periodic checkins with a panel of NASA engineers. We wrote extensive documentation for each checkpoint and help two hour long teleconferences with the engineers to disucss design changes and progress made. Those checkpoints included: Statement of Work, Preliminary Design Review, Critical Design Review, Flight Readiness Review, and Post Launch Assessment Review.
I also served as the webmaster for our team. Our full website, which contains all of our documentation as well as a gallery of our progress, can be found here.