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Payload 09 Information

Payload Flight Number:

2015 - 09

Gannon University
Payload Title:

Gannon University's Cosmic-Ray Calorimeter (GU-CRC2)

Student Leader:
  • E. Aaron Neiman (STL)
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Gannon University
  • Email:neiman001@knights.gannon.edu
  • Cell:724-713-8823
Faculty Advisor:
  • Dr. Wookwon Lee
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Gannon University
  • 109 University Square
  • PMB #3182
  • Erie, Pennsylvania 16541
  • Email:lee023@gannon.edu
  • Office:814-871-7630
  • Fax:814-871-7617
Payload class:
Payload ID Number:
10.75 kg
266 mA
Serial Commands:
Discrete Commands:
Payload Specification & Integration Plan
Due: 06/26/2015
Payload Integration Certification
Scheduled: 08/07/2015
Flight Operation Plan
Due: 08/03/2015
Final Flight / Science Report
Due: 12/11/2015
Gannon University’s Cosmic Ray Calorimeter #2 (GU-CRC2) will be a revision of GUCRC, which is being developed independently for another ballooning platform that will fly in early March 2015. The GU-CRC was designed to detect and measure the energy of primary cosmic rays in the energy range of 109 -1011 eV (electron volts) with the purpose of measuring the ratio of protons to helium as a function of energy at balloon float altitude. While GU-CRC2 will adopt many of the components from the previous edition and share the same primary objectives as its predecessor, its functionality will be further refined for 1) the HASP interface for large payloads, 2) more robust operation of its subsystems, and 3) measurement and data collection over a longer duration of flight. The proposed system, like its previous edition, will implement a calorimeter composed of alternating layers of tungsten, CsI(TI) scinillating crystals, and silicon photomultipliers; a charge detector composed of plastic scinillaters and silicon photomultipliers; an FPGA-based trigger module; a microprocessor; and a power module all enclosed within an insulated frame.
Payload Integration Plan:

Science Report: