PCB Building timelapse

The PCB’s are now built and are just going through the first stages of testing. They are integrated into the boat and will be powered on shortly. In the meantime, here is a video time-lapse of the build process.

New electronics PCBs

The second iteration of our electronics PCBs have come back from the manufacturer. We have made many revisions from the original design, and the complexity of the wiring in the computing box should be halved. Making the wiring less complex is essential in being able to diagnose when things go …

New interconnects built and computer board manufactured

During the past weeks we have almost completed our overhaul of the boats electronic systems. We had a custom PCB made to manage all of the sensor and control signals supplied to the Arduino unit. The following shows the control board with¬†supporting electronic “breakout” shields attached. The idea is to …

New power management PCBs

Just received the first of several PCB designs from the manufacturer. This board takes the raw connections from the on-board batteries and provides several stable voltage lines that get fed to all the other compartments in the boat.   This isn’t the final version for one crucial reason. If one …

Starting summer 2014!

We’re in the process of updating the site for the summer of 2014, expect more updates soon! The summer of 2014 has begun, and we have a new plan and some progress updates from the school year to cover. We will continue to work towards completing the Microtransat challenge, and …

Info Meeting Tonight

Welcome Class of 2017! We will be having our information session tonight in the ILC Multimedia room at 7 pm. If you’re a first year or even a fourth year, come on down and find out about the ways you can get involved with MAST! See you all tonight!

Update

Due to mechanical setbacks, the team has decided that GaelForce XL will not be launching for MicroTransat 2013. As a team, we believe this is the best decision so we can create the strongest boat possible. We would have loved to set sail in August, but we are entering a …

Current Projects

We hope everyone’s summer is going well. We are all still busy,each working on various aspects of the boat. Kevin has been setting up the back end of satellite transmission software. This is the computer code that takes in the frequent updates from the sailboat, and unscrambles the information and …

Test Results and Setbacks

Sorry for not updating in a while, our server was down for a few days. Our test last week was informative, if not as successful as we might have hoped. We learned that our software was not properly taking in the wind sensor’s data, and so the basic autonomous program …