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UB-SEDS/Nanosat Successful Balloon Launch

April 15, 2014 in High-Altitude Weather Balloon, News by Andrew Tennenbaum

On Monday, March 31, 2014, many months of hard work and planning came to fruition when the Nanosat/SEDS Joint Experimental Balloon (NS-JEB) launched over the Buffalo/Niagara region.

Background noise radiation from household devices like WiFi routers and cell phones has a big impact on communication systems in cubesats. The purpose of this balloon was to determine the levels of this radiation above western New York. The payload contained an array of instruments, including a camera, GPS, barometer, magnetometer, an independent APRS tracking beacon, a redundant SPOT tracking beacon, temperature sensors, heaters, and two radios for measuring noise levels. An Arduino was used to gather data from the sensors, log it to flash memory, and maintain temperature control.

UB-SEDS at SpaceVision 2013

November 20, 2013 in News, SpaceVision by Kevin Duggan

Arizone State University

Arizone State University, host of SpaceVision 2013

For students at the University at Buffalo, November is a foreboding time. The days are cold and windy, the sun is usually hidden behind clouds, and snow starts to blanket everything.

That’s why when Phoenix, Arizona greeted us with sun and 85° weather, it seemed like paradise on Earth. The building shown here is the Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building 4 (ISTB 4). This building, along with Armstrong Hall just across the road, was the center of SpaceVision 2013.

UB-SEDS Hosts SpaceVision 2012

November 15, 2012 in News by Andrew Dianetti

From November 7 to 10, 2012, UB-SEDS hosted the nation’s largest student-run space conference, SpaceVision 2012.

SpaceVision was the culmination of over a year of planning by a team of UB-SEDS members, and attracted over 300 students, young professionals, and industry leaders to discuss the impact of the current generation of students on the future of the spaceflight industry.  These students gathered to hear from individuals such as Robert Lightfoot, NASA’s Associate Administrator, three NASA center directors, a former chief astronaut, and leaders from companies such as Virgin Galactic, the United Launch Alliance, Planetary Resources, and many others.