Thanks to a grant from the NZART Radioscience Education Trust Dr Johan Potgieter has launched the ADAC Science Experiment project with five students from the School of Engineering and Advanced Technology on the Albany Campus of Massey University.
The Science ADAC (Attitude Determination And Control) package to be carried by KiwiSAT has been significantly enhanced and advanced by additional support from Massey University.
Five students from the School of Engineering and Advanced Technology on the Albany Campus - under the supervision of Lecturer in Robotics, Dr Johan Potgieter - are now working with the KiwiSAT team towards the goal of orbital experimentation and research.
We welcome Masters student Kirill Makarov and 4th Year Degree students Travers Biddle, Utsav Patel, Thomas Poupouara and Andrew Webb who joined the Massey ADAC team earlier this year.
Kirill will team up with Dr Jon Henderson on the flight dynamics aspects whilst the sensor package will be integrated, tested and calibrated by Travers, Utsav, Thomas and Andrew.
Development has commenced on this vital KiwiSAT scientific experiment fulfilling a dream of the KiwiSAT team.
The University's support is a huge boost for this international KiwiSAT project. AMSAT-ZL look forward to continued co-operation with Massey University and trust this will be a challenging and satisfying project for both the students and the University.
Being an ongoing orbital experiment, much of the work cannot be implemented or verified until KiwiSAT is launched and has settled down in orbit. That event is eagerly anticipated.