One of the challenges of supporting a group like this is that it’s hard to schedule time for six busy people to work together all at the same time. It’s been hard, but nearly every week at least one or two students were able to come in to work on the satellite for some time after school.
The breaks and pauses, some long and some short, led to a two-steps-forward, one-step-back situation. I think we’ve learned something about how to work as a team, and we’ve also learned that future projects like this will need a little better scheduling to keep things running smoothly.
Nevertheless, the OHS Balloon Sat team is nearly finished with their satellite, and I’m proud of the work they’ve done and what they’ve accomplished. They’ve learned to solder electronics, to design and build an airframe, to program a microcontroller, and to put it all together into an unusual, functional piece of near-space equipment. It will be exciting to see the fruit of the team’s labor with launch and the data recovery.
This past weekend, we saw two team members walk across the stage and receive their diplomas from Ottawa High School. Shawn and Megan are now proud OHS alumni. Congratulations!