UB-SEDS’s hosted our annual Yuri’s Night Banquet on Saturday April 19th at the Lafayette Hotel. During this, members came together to celebrate all of their achievements over the past year with good food, great company, and spacey music.
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.
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.