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Payload 12 Information


Payload Flight Number:

2008 - 12
Institution:

McNeese State Univ.
Payload Title:

MRE II - Microwave Reception Experiment

Student Leader:
  • Raymond Fontenot
  • Engineering
  • McNeese State University
  • 3519 Murrell Street
  • Sulphur,LA 70663
  • Email:raynman4451@att.net
  • Cell:337-660-7198
Faculty Advisor:
  • Giovanni Santostasi
  • Physics
  • McNeese State University
  • Physics Department
  • Box 93140
  • Lake Charles, LA 70609
  • Email:santostasigio@yahoo.com
  • Office:337-475-5759
  • Cell:337-244-3763
  • Fax:337-475-5934
Payload class:
Large
Payload ID Number:
12
Mass:
8.5 kg
Current:
< 2.5 A
Serial Commands:
No
Discrete Commands:
No
Payload Specification & Integration Plan
Due:
Delivered:
Payload Integration Certification
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Actual:
Flight Operation Plan
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Delivered:
Final Flight / Science Report
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Delivered:
Abstract:
The project focuses on characterizing the microwave background at stratospheric altitude in the frequency band between 45 and 75 GHz. With emerging technologies pushing the useable bands higher, it becomes important to understand possible interferences in higher frequency bands. The secondary goal of this experiment is the testing for a possible future cryogenic HASP mission designed specifically to detect the Cosmological Microwave Background (CMB). MRE II will use the latest passive microwave reception technology on the smallest scale ever attempted to capture and analyze these waves. The McNeese MRE II team consists of five senior engineering students, and all have past engineering experience in various fields; two have prior experience in the LaACES program (MRE, 2006). The team is structured into a group dynamic much like that seen in industry. Every member is accountable for their own budget and technical area, but they are encouraged to interact in a team environment to exchange ideas and get the job done.
Payload Application:
12_McNeese_HASP_2008.pdf

Payload Integration Plan:

Science Report:

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