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Payload 02 Information

Payload Flight Number:

2012 - 02

Gannon University
Payload Title:

High Altitude Radiation Detector (GU-HARD-PL02)

Student Leader:
  • Nichole McGuire
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Gannon University
  • Email:mcguire013@gannon.edu
  • Cell:412-519-5347
Faculty Advisor:
  • Dr. Wookwon Lee
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Gannon University
  • 109 University Square, PMB #3182
  • Erie, Pa 16541
  • Email:lee023@gannon.edu
  • Office:814-871-7630
  • Cell:814-871-7617
Payload class:
Payload ID Number:
1.9 kg
0.25 A
Serial Commands:
Yes, 3-5
Discrete Commands:
Yes, 2
Payload Specification & Integration Plan
Due: 06/22/2012
Payload Integration Certification
Scheduled: 08/03/2012
Flight Operation Plan
Due: 07/30/2012
Final Flight / Science Report
Due: 12/14/2012
The Earth's magnetic field, as well as galactic magnetic fields, deflects cosmic-ray trajectories from a straight line, and primary cosmic rays mostly approach from the west than from the east. This "east-west" asymmetry has been thoroughly investigated in the past at ground level. The goal of the proposed payload is to investigate how the "east-west" angular asymmetry in arrivals of cosmic rays changes with altitude, as the cosmic ray flux transitions from mostly secondary particles near the ground level to mostly primary cosmic rays near balloon-float altitudes. Another goal of this project is to explore the effects of high-altitude environmental factors on nanostructure printed surfaces, particularly, the effects of cosmic ray exposure on nano-scale circuit-components, and relate the integrity of surface patterns to cosmic-ray intensity.

The proposed project will be carried out by five Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) undergraduate students and two faculty advisors, one from the ECE department and the other from the Physics department. The proposed payload will be designed for, and operating through, the existing HASP interfaces.

Science Report: