The RocketSat-10 project was a part of the national
program run by the Colorado Space Grant Consortium. RockSat-X provides low cost access to space for
experiments designed by student teams at universities across the United States. The RockSat-X sub-orbital
Terrier Improved Malemute sounding rocket launches from Wallops Island, Virginia.
My team worked with scientists from the Air Force Research Laboratory to determine our mission:
to melt a sample of the immiscible elements aluminum and indium in microgravity, and compare the
resulting microstructure to that of an identical sample melted on Earth.
As the Team Lead for the Structures sub-system, I collaborated with the Electrical and Science
sub-system teams to meet all our design requirements. I designed parts and the component layout,
sourced materials, manufactured components, and tested the payload.
'Header' rocket launch image credit: NASA/Alison Stancil, April 18 2015
'Result' rocket launch image credit: NASA/Chris Perry, April 18 2015