Introducing Matt

Hello again guys and gals! This week we are going to focus a bit on what Matthew does as part of our little PIOneERS family: Hi everyone, I’m Matt Oxborrow, a recently graduated mechanical engineer working on the PIOneERS project. In the earlier phases of this project, I was in charge of the design and development of the MIKE ejection system. This ejection system is needed to ensure that the parachute deployed by the REXUS service module as it is coming back down to Earth, does NOT get tangled in our boom. This would be catastrophic as it would cause the whole sounding rocket with all the experiments on board to crash 😱 . As one might imagine ... this is something we would prefer to avoid. After that the design of our experiment was completed, after the CDR (Critical Design Review) last June, I am now in charge of manufacturing the mechanical and structural elements of the experiment. After the CDR, the...
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Introducing Enda … and the soldering course he went on

Introducing Enda … and the soldering course he went on

Hi everyone, my name is Enda McKenna and I am a second year PhD student involved in ionospheric radio transmissions in the L-band (~400 MHz) and although this REXUS project does not relate directly to my studies I am very excited about being part of the team and am learning lots during the process. I joined the REXUS PIOneERS team shortly after the selection workshop in which the project was successful in application to be included on the REXUS 23/24 campaign. An opportunity to launch an experiment into space is not to be passed up! My role with the project started as being in charge with the Experiment Control and Data Acquisition Unit (ECDAU) which is basically the brains of the experiment as it is composed of the on-board computer (OBC), power units and the software required to run the mission successfully. At some point we decided to give our sub-systems silly names and it was decided that this would be called...
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Introducing James

Hello again everyone! This week we're looking at what James, our electronics engineer, does in PIOneERS: Hello! I am James Churm, electronic support engineer to the PIOneERS program. It’s my job to design and fabricate the REXUS module interface unit; this circuit converts power and signals between the rockets support systems and the PIOneERS experiment. This involves the design, fabrication and testing of PCBs which will provide data and power to all other systems in the experiment… no pressure then! For the power conversion we are using a pair of regulators; one supplying 12V to the boom motor subsystems and a 5V regulator supplying power to everything else. With regards to data, our main task is to make sure that we don’t take any REXUS systems down if our experiment fails! This involves us building transceivers, combinations of transmitters and receivers, and isolation units into the design. This week was our critical design review. We presented our finalised designs to representatives of the European...
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Introducing Lucy

Hi everyone! This week we're looking at what Lucy, our third year mechanical engineering student, does in PIOneERS: My role within the Pioneers experiment consists of designing, developing and manufacturing the fast deploying telescopic boom. It was around 9 months ago that I began working on this project with Jonathan, Matt and Mashiat, however it was only after PIOneERS got selected that the hard work really started. The design of the boom began as basic sketches on whiteboard generated from background research and a brainstorming session with the other mechanical members of the team. From there it has continually been developed and improved. It is now at a stage where the design is almost complete and should be finalised once we return from the CDR (Critical Design Review) in just under a week. Once everyone involved is happy with the design I will then begin to manufacture and test the boom.  The tubular sections are going to be manufactured from a carbon fibre...
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Introducing Jonathan

Hello everyone. Welcome back to our PIOneERS blog, I hope you are enjoying reading more about our experiment. Well, I guess you are, otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this. In the upcoming weeks we'll be introducing you to the team members of PIOneERS and what they're doing for the experiment. We're starting this week with out team leader Jonathan: So, as you probably remember from the previous posts, I am Jonathan Camilleri, and my role within the PIOneERS experiment is that of project manager and science lead. I have to admit I never imagined myself enjoying management work. Ever. However, in the last few months I have learned a lot, and really enjoyed myself within the PIOneERS team. My job as project manager mainly involves making sure that all the tasks required to be done to ensure a successful experiment are delegated to the right people, at the right times to stop any delays. I also take care of the budgeting for...
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