UPDATE: A video of the fit & function test is available here
Written by Dougal Maclise, Flight Opportunities Payload Manager
The Flight Opportunities – CRuSR team passed an important milestone early January (4-5-6 January) when we completed the fit and function test of the two payloads (ADS-B and SFEM) in the Masten Space Systems vehicle, Xaero.
Bruce Webbon, the payload manager for the CRuSR developmental test flights, brought the ADS-B and SFEM payloads along with their development teams down to the Mojave Air and Space Port where the Masten facilities are located for testing with the Xaero vehicle prior to the first test flight.
The big issues to be resolved during these fit and function tests were would everything fit in the payload canister of the Xaero vehicle and would any of the payloads interfere with the operation of the vehicle avionics. The main concern was electro-magnetic interference (EMI) between the ADS-B and the vehicle GPS system.
Karolyn Ronzano programming the Suborbital Flight Environment Monitor (SFEM) payload prior to the test.
Karolyn Ronzano, from the small satellite group at Ames, leads a team that has developed the SFEM or ...Read More