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  1. Red-er Rover : Pre-Launch Team Name: WUV Our Work Available Funds: $1,048,666 Vehicle Name: “Red-er Rover” Vehicle Parts List and Cost: RoveMax Model M1 (x4) - 450 Cubic Octagonal Strut (x7) - 16 EAS-4 Strut Connector (x18) - 42 RV-105 RCS Thruster Block (x8) - DISCOUNT 310 Mk12-R Radial-Mount Drogue Chute (x4) - 150 Mk2-R Radial-Mount Parachute (x4) - 400 Communotron 88-88 - 1500 SP-W 3x2 Photovoltaic Panels (x2) - 440 Z-200 Rechargeable Battery Bank (x2) - 360 OX-STAT Photovoltaic Panels (x2) - 75 Probodobodyne HECS - 650 FL-R1
  2. The Space Race between both the USSR and the United States is by far one of my favorite eras of history to study. They say competition is the perfect motivation, and I truly believe, from a technological standpoint, this is era is a prime example of that motto in its purest form. Some of the biggest strides in human history were made in a time where computers were still the size of rooms all due to fear, curiosity, and drive. Public Service Broadcasting’s album, “The Race For Space”, tries to capture all of these emotions, during a handful of critical points, along this journey in order to sho
  3. Funding Edits: Due to funding oversights by myself there have been a few budget miscalculations along the way. Edit 1: On our mission to Minmus we achieved the milestone of First Kerbal EVA when Fuelanov planted our country's glorious flag adding $30,000 to the budget. Edit 2: On our mission to the North Pole we recovered our jet giving us $7,075 back to the budget as those parts could be reused. All future posts will have these edits accounted for in the budget. For an up to date budget, follow the link here: https://westiron-my.sharepoint.com/:x:/g/personal/anwansha18_st
  4. Pole Mission : Pre-Launch Team Name: WUV Our Work Available Funds: $925,741 Vehicle Name: “C.R.A.S.H” (Country of Rocketslovia’s Atmospheric Ship for the Homeland) Vehicle Parts List and Cost: UFO Plane Part Details Part Name Quantity Price Shock Cone Intake 1 3,050 Mk1 Liquid Fuel Fuselage 2
  5. Thank you Fizziks Guy! It was a true team effort. Mun Lander : Pre-Launch Team Name: WUV Our Work Available Funds: $468,537 Vehicle Name: Red Rover Vehicle Parts List and Cost: (Oh Boy) Mun Rover Part Details Part Name Quantity Price Probodobodyne HECS 1 650 FL-R10 RCS Fuel Tank
  6. Minmus Round Trip : Pre-Launch Team Name: WUV Our Work Available Funds: $196,181.00 Vehicle Name: Gnorts Mr. Alien (read it backwards) Vehicle Parts List and Cost: (Oh Boy) FL-T800 Fuel Tank (x10) - 800 FL-T400 Fuel Tank - 500 EAS-4 Strut Connector (x16) - 84 FTX-2 External Fuel Duct (x4) - 150 Advanced Nose Cone - Type B (x4) - 320 AV-T1 Winglet (x8) - 500 AV-T1 Winglet (x2) - 400 LT-1 Landing Struts (x3) - 440 Illuminator Mk1 (x3) - 100
  7. The following spreadsheet keeps track of of WUV Our Work's Funds, and it will be continually updated. https://westiron-my.sharepoint.com/:x:/g/personal/anwansha18_students_westiron_monroe_edu/EfWKC_ov9kVDo4giHAAUnHgBukrl6RQxDKN7JG0jJ4B_pQ?e=dp7pJn
  8. Geosynchronous Satellite: Pre-Launch Team Name: WUV Our Work Available Funds: $30,000 Vehicle Name: Pride of Rocketslovia Vehicle Parts List and Cost: AE-FF1 Airstream Protective Shell (1.25m) - 300 EAS-4 Strut Connector (x2) - 84 RV-105 RCS Thruster Block (x4) - 2,480 TVR-200 Stack Bi-Coupler - 400 AV-T1 Winglet (x6) - 3,000 Z-200 Rechargeable Battery Bank (x3) - 1,080 OX-4L 1x6 Photovoltaic Panels (2x) - 720 Probodobodyne Stayputnik - 300 FL-R25 RCS Fuel Tank - 600 FL-T400 Fuel Tank - 500 FL-T800 Fue
  9. Have you ever wondered how systems around you function? Like a passing glance at the thermostat and wonder how it maintains the temperature in your house. Well, just like any other system dealing with variables, there has to be logic to tell how other systems should work. In electrical systems, one of the most basic forms of logic comes through chips known as logic gates. These gates appear on chips, like the one below, where each prong serves a certain purpose. These chips can vary in size, holding a number of gates, but for our purposes, we will look at one with only four.
  10. Physics is all around us, and sometimes it is so visually awesome that it can make for great album covers. Pink Floyd: The Dark Side of the Moon One of the highest selling albums of all time, and having one of the most identifiable covers of all time, Pink Floyd should rightfully start up this list. The phenomenon shown is called dispersion of light. This occurs when white light hits an optically permeable surface. In this case, white light is hitting a prism. As white light passes through the prism, all the different components of white light separate by wav
  11. No doubt the course has gotten much harder in the transition to electricity and magnetism. The result is that I've needed to adapt a new approach to the course. I have tried watching videos then filling in my notes with information from the book and vice versa. For me watching the videos first worked much better. So, if anyone finds this blog, I'll certainly recommend that. But one of the most important things I can do is look back at the course and experience as a whole, despite having induction left, and say I wouldn't have it any other way. It's like climbing a mountain and, while it seems
  12. Anyone remotely into science fiction has heard the sound of a Theremin at least once, from its use in most 50’s movie to a variety of later Star Trek and Doctor Who sounds. It has been the sound of the future since its creator Leon Theremin unveiled it in 1928. Before I explain, what it is it is important you see what it looks like in use. For reference the Theremin playing begins at 1:00. So how does this machine work? Well, this connects back to our unit on capacitance. The human body has a natural capacitance, so when it moves into an electric field it can disturb
  13. Sorry for the clickbait, I’m just trying to beat The Night King at his own game. The truth is I am just going to tell you what wireless charging is. Sorry to disappoint, but I don’t have a global conspiracy. I won't do it again. An emerging technology, which every company Samsung to Tesla are trying to jump on board with, is wireless charging, but believe it or not, this technology has been around since the 1960s. It’s called induction charging, and, as given by the name, is works through induction. So how does it work? Well, a magnet with a coil of wire wrapped around it is cal
  14. Based on a variety of evidence, the last time the Earth's magnetic poles flipped was 750,000 years ago. Going off of this, many sources say we could face another flip at any point. Now, before you panic and begin blasting REM out of the nearest speakers, I just wanted to fill you in on what the process looks like. The process is much longer than most people think when first visualizing it. It is actually a process which is estimated to take 1000-10000 years. To explain why, the main factor behind the Earth's magnetic field is believed to be the liquid iron part of the Earth's core. The a
  15. Shown above is an example of a simple circuit designed using circuits.io through Tinkercad. During class this quarter, I began thinking how a software I once used could be integrated into a lab for students to be able to experiment with electrical components inside, and outside the classroom. The one I specifically have in mind is circuits.io. I began using this for a digital electronics class in 10th grade and it soon became a valuable tool when tinkering. The only thing that has changed is that you now create and edit circuits through www.tinkercad.com. Being able to
  16. Well, before that snowy and cold winter break, one of the cloudiest cities in the nation was beginning to see the sun. It was while walking around I realized how beneficial my old transition lenses were. Then it hit me, how exactly do they work over and over again. As it turns out, the answer is a simple chemical reaction. Each transition lens has millions of silver chloride particles. These particles only react when exposed to UV light hence transition lenses do not work when driving. Natural light or light through many windows does not contain light with UV wavelengths. When exposed to
  17. It is a known fact that the United States is lagging behind in the area of infrastructure. The true problem with this question is how far forward should we upgrade in a world where other countries have passenger bullet trains. A solution to this may come from of a new era of transportation technology referred to as Hyperloops. The open sourced design was released by a joint team working with SpaceX and Tesla to be modified by the public and worked into a functioning design. The overall concept of this type of transportation surrounds the idea of a large car which travels through a
  18. If you have ever seen a black and white horror movie with a mad scientist in his lab chances are that in the background you saw one of these: Well, this machine is called an oscilloscope and its primary function is to measure signals of voltages in relation to time. By visualizing signals in the X and Y planes, values such as amplitude, frequency, rise time, and distortion can all be measured from the visual representations of waves displayed on the screen. Its applications range from analyzing electrical systems to heart monitors. In the field this is a valuable tool to measure
  19. Just got an really informative answer to a question I don't think I ever would have asked in my lifetime. Really good job!
  20. Can't make leaps forward without tripping along the way. Really cool post. We will have to rock paper scissors over who gets to write about Hyperloop.
  21. I remember watching a show which followed a chef on the science channel where he put spins on classic dishes for special party events. While he would cook he would explain the science behind said dishes. Most of it concerned molecular gastronomy and was quite interesting, but I can't find the name of the show. Really great post, and a good way to make me hungry!
  22. That's some really cool insight! I'll agree with you that Gauss's law is one of the most difficult concepts so far. I think the difficulty stems from how different it is from anything we have ever learned. Don't worry it will take time but I know we will get it.
  23. Such an awesome subject and very well explained. Really cool we thought of writing about the same topic without knowing about the others interest in it. You know what they say, great minds think alike.
  24. Really cool topic. There are prototypes of smart roads which actually display useful information to drivers. I can only see this technology growing in the future.
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