Last Thursday, on November 17th, a group of us made a trip out to Fremont to tour the manufacturing facility of one of our valued sponsors: Bay Area Circuits. It was really awesome to see the physical process that happens behind the scenes to allow us to send out PCB designs one day, and then receive them in the mail a few days later.
On Saturday, October 15th, the SSI rockets team set out on it’s 7th group rocket launch, located at the Tripoli Central California launch site. This was also the first time SSI did a night launch. While no primary projects were launching this weekend, we got a new member certified, flew an experiment camera setup, and had a lot of fun.
After nearly two years of effort and a summer of hard work, the SSI satellites team has achieved our goal of a 10km optical communications link! On the night of August 20th, 2016 we successfully established a two-way optical communications link between the Stanford Amateur Radio Facility and the Skyline Boulevard Overlook. This was the first time our custom built transmitter and receiver boxes have both sent and received data over such a large distance!
On July 16th, 4 Rockets team members drove to the Tripoli Central California launch site for SSI's 7th rocket launch of the year. After a long day in the 100° weather, we came back with 3 completely successful flights, a new L2 certification, and one exciting semi-successful flight.
It’s been an exciting second year for the Balloons team.