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Payload 04 Information


Payload Flight Number:

2008 - 04
Institution:

The Pennsylvania State University
Payload Title:

High Energy Monitoring Instrument (HEMI)

Student Leader:
  • Brian Schratz
  • Electrical Engineering
  • 323 Electrical Engineering East
  • University Park,PA 16802
  • Email:schratz@psu.edu
Faculty Advisor:
  • Dr. Sven BilĂ©n
  • Engineering Design, Electrical Engineering, and Aerospace Engineering
  • 213N Hammond Building
  • University Park, PA 16802
  • Email:sbilen@psu.edu
  • Office:814-863-1526
  • Fax: 814-863-7229
Payload class:
SMALL
Payload ID Number:
04
Mass:
2.4 Kg
Current:
0.07A @ 30V
Serial Commands:
No
Discrete Commands:
No
Payload Specification & Integration Plan
Due:
Delivered:
Payload Integration Certification
Scheduled:
Actual:
Flight Operation Plan
Due:
Delivered:
Final Flight / Science Report
Due:
Delivered:
Abstract:
The High Energy Monitor Instrument (HEMI) is being developed by students at the Pennsylvania State University to detect when a gamma ray burst (GRB) occurs and record data on the event. Ultimately, HEMI is intended to be a student instrument for measuring GRBs on a future satellite. As the challenges for developing student satellite hardware are significant, a precursor balloon flight will provide the necessary heritage to enable a more costly and complex project.

As GRB events are rare, on this flight, the instrument will be used to study cosmic showers as a precursor to studying GRBs. HEMI will collect information as to the number of particles and their energies that it intercepts per time interval. When this number increases dramatically, this indicates a cosmic shower. HEMI will record data in a similar manner as if this were a GRB to prepare for future GRB instruments.

There are currently 10 undergraduates and one graduate student participating on this project from physics, astronomy and astrophysics, and aerospace, mechanical, and electrical engineering. The project is managed by the Penn State Student Space Programs Laboratory. HEMI conforms to all of the requirements specified in the Call for Proposals and requires no additional resources beyond those already allocated by the program.

Payload Application:
04_PennState_HASP_2008.pdf

Payload Integration Plan:
SP04_PSU_PSIP_2008b.pdf

Monthly Briefings: