SunbYte wants to thank the Engineering Interdisciplinary Programmes Office (IPO) and the Aerospace Department for giving us a generous £7200 to help fund the trip to the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility so we can test and get the go ahead by NASA for the launch.
The ground station system is now operational and ready to receive and interpret data. The ground station is a key part of the mission as we need to know what is going on when we are 36 000 ft below the telescope.
The gimble responsible of moving the telescope to point towards the Sun is now operational. With a lot of code and even greater amount of brain power required the problems with the gimble are resolved and finally completed.
The E Team is back firing on all cylinders after exams season. Working around the clock with team members in multiple continents the E team will make this project a success. The early mornings and late nights will pay off when the time comes to the launch.
The SunbYte team was delighted to present results of the project at the European Space Agency’s 2nd Symposium on Space Educational Activities held in Budapest, Hungary, on 12th April 2018.
Showcasing the background, methodology and lessons learnt on the German-Swedish REXUS/BEXUS programme, as well as showing an exploded view of the main gimbal design using Solidworks CAD software, the team grabbed the attention of conference delegates.
The Sheffield University Nova Balloon Lifted Solar Telescope (SunbYte) project – a purpose built telescope attached to a Nova Balloon – was successfully launched 30km above the Earth to capture images of the sun without atmospheric disturbances in October 2017. The observational facility was the first of its kind to be built from scratch by a team of more than 30 UK students.
Supplementing the presentation of a project poster, the BEXUS team leader, Yun-Hang Cho (The University of Sheffield), delivered a one minute pitch to bring the delegates up to speed with the technology and technicalities of the project. The electronics team leader Gianni Sin Yi Heung (University of Hong Kong) went on to demonstrate this new concept for High Altitude Student Platform (HASP) missions by replicating the key components of the electronic design in a flat pack manner on the wall, giving conference delegates a “hands-on” experience.
The team is now looking forward to Gianni’s visit to Sheffield, where she will train the new electronics team members and participate in a concurrent engineering design session to study alternative gimbal designs according to HASP flight requirements.
SunbYte academic leads Dr Viktor Fedun, from the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering (ACSE), and Dr Gary Verth, from the School of Mathematics and Statistics (SoMAS), thanked the continuing support of the University of Sheffield’s Alumni fund which has helped the project monumentally.
Dr Fedun said: “The collaboration within the University of Sheffield, especially in the Faculty of Engineering, has provided our students with this great opportunity to showcase their work and give them invaluable experience. The project would not have been possible without the ongoing support and expertise of ACSE, SoMAS, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the European Space Agency, and REXUS/BEXUS.”
We’d like to thank UK Students for Exploration and Development of Space (UKSEDS) – they’re sponsoring Project SunbYte for £400. They’re the UK’s national student space society, running space projects, host conferences, workshops, and careers events, and do outreach all over the country.
Yun-Hang Cho (student team leader) has won the South Yorkshire heat of the Institution of Engineering Technology’s (IET) Present Around the World (PATW) competition – a global competition where students and young professionals in engineering can showcase and develop their presentation skills.
In June, he will go on to represent South Yorkshire at the North England stage. Best of luck!
The Sheffield Undergraduate Research Experience Network recently funded us to support six students to work on the SunbYte project for a period of six weeks this summer. They give grants to interdisciplinary research teams across the university, our project being no exception with students working on the project from various departments.