CLUB OFFICERS FOR 2020
President: Lawrence J. Reed, AB1JC
Secretary Treasurer: Thomas W. Moyher, ESQ N1UNT
Technical Officer: Michael J. Miciukiewicz, K1MJM
Youth Coordinator: Jennifer L. Coderre, N1ZZY
Director1: Kenneth E. Johnson, NE1CU
Director2: David H. Schadlich, KB1LTW
Webmaster: David H. Schadlich, KB1LTW
Trustee: Gary T. Moyher, WE1M
The Undergraduate Student Instrument Package (USIP) is a NASA program through the Connecticut Space Grant Consortium, which is designed to expose undergraduate students to Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM). Club members are assisting University of Bridgeport students in a project to put an Arduino based computerized puppet (monkey) on a high altitude Helium balloon which will be launched to 30,000 feet.
The 3-D printed "monkey" will be commanded from the ground, tracked by APRS and utilize downlink television so we can watch the "monkey" move and react to commands.
Club members are assisting University of Bridgeport students in a project to put an Arduino based computerized puppet (monkey) on a high altitude Helium balloon which will be launched to 30,000 feet. The 3-D printed "monkey" will be commanded from the ground, tracked by APRS and utilize downlink television so we can watch the "monkey" move and react to commands.
There was a book signing by Dr. D. Grinspoon Planetary Biologist and Dr A. Stern, Principal Investigator for the New Horizons spacecraft which went to the planet Pluto in 2015 and Kuiper belt object 2014 MU69 in January 2019.
Yes, Pluto is a planet!
For pictures, click on the link below.
New Horizons Presentation
Discovery 1 Balloon Flight 2015
Discovery 1 was a flight to test out hardware, software, launch & recovery procedures and to train students in the art of high altitude balloon launching.
Because of a cutdown mechanism failure, the balloon reached an altitude of almost 90,000 feet.
Launched from Bridgeport CT, it was recovered the next day after having splashed down in the Peconic Bay of Long Island NY.
The Launch (movie courtesy Westport Astronomical Society)
The Launch (movie from Bob WD1M)
From 84,000 to 89,391 feet, and DOWN!
Movie by University of Bridgeport (very nice)
Larry AB1JC holds our next payload (light aprs)
The Housatonic Amateur Radio Club is working in conjunction with the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport
and the University of Bridgeport on building a CubeSat satellite to be launched into space.
NASA has okayed the Discovery Museum's proposal and will manifest our DISCOvery museum SATellite (DISCOSAT-1)
when ready. We are currently working to produce this satellite for Earth Observation and Education.
When launched we expect our satellite to be delivered to the International Space Station. Team members will then work with the astronauts on board the ISS to launch DISCOSAT-1.
Additionally, we are building a web page here for the CubeSat.
David Mestre, KB1YYJ, Discovery Museum, Principal Investigator
Dr. Jani Pallis, KC1MHU, University of Bridgeport, Technical Lead
Michael Miciukiewicz, K1MJM, Mechanical Engineering
Larry Reed, AB1JC, Electrical Engineering & Software Engineering
Gary Moyher, WE1M, Chemical Engineering & Software Engineering
Sam Xuan Zhang, KC1HOD, Electrical Engineering & Hardware
David Schadlich, KB1LTW, Hardware & Software
Ken Johnson, NE1CU, Electrician & Networking
Ned Bassick, KA1CVv, Electronics & Hardware
Discovery Museum's CubeSat Poster
June, 2018: HARC members, as part of the Univ of Bridgeport & Discovery Museum team, visited Dr. Carl Brandon and Dr. Peter Chapin at Vermont Technical College's CubeSat Laboratory.
Photos of Our Trip to Vermont Technical College CubeSat Lab
Dr Brandon from Vermont Technical College visits UB in September 2018
Go To Vermont Technical College CubeSat Lab web page
Vermont Technical College CubeSat Lab
We have chosen Clyde Space to build our hardware and Bright Ascension for our Flight Software Development tools. The ISS Astronauts will deliver our CubeSat to earth orbit using the NanoRacks delivery system.
How good are the seeing conditions today?
Dave KB1YYJ as Commander Dave in Mission Discovery series
The Discovery Museum is now producing a Science show for youngsters entitled, "Mission: Discovery" starring our own club member, David Mestre KB1YYJ.
This wonderful show is designed for youngsters between the ages of 5 and 12. We highly recommend this show and urge parents to watch with their children.
Episode 1 The Moon
Episode 2 Spacesuits
Westport Astronomical Society Amateur Radio Club - K1WAS
Greater Fairfield Amateur Radio Assn. - N1ZU
Stratford Amateur Radio Club - W1ORS
Candlewood Amateur Radio Assn. (Danbury) - W1QI
Greater Bridgeport Amateur Radio Club - WA1RJI
Greater Norwalk Amateur Radio Club - W1NLK
Stamford Amateur Radio Assn. - W1EE
Meriden Amateur Radio Club - W1NRG
Northville Amateur Radio Assn. - NA1RA
Shorepoint Amateur Radio Club (W. Haven) - W1SPC
Woodmont Amateur Radio Assn.- W1WDT
Shoreline Amateur Radio Club - W1BCG
Middlesex Amateur Radio Club - W1EDH
Hop River Radio Club (Andover, CT) - K1HRR
Waterbury Amateur Radio Club - W1LAS