Over June 13-15 I went to a conference in Boulder, Colorado. I had a really great time and I learned a lot. I also found my new favorite hardware store. It is in Boulder and its name is McGuckin Hardware. Don't worry, I got a t-shirt from the hardware store.
The picture above is of me presenting the first day of the conference. I think that I look really silly presenting and not just because my mouth is open in this picture. I talk with my hands too much.
This is me the morning of launch. Each school launched a payload on a weather balloon that testing something for the satellites that we are each designing. We were testing the release mechanism for our photometer tube cover. It was pretty exciting.
Above is a picture of the weather balloon carrying up the payloads. Along with our payload went a pair of my socks and my t-shirt. We forgot to bring foam to insulate our box so I had to go into the bathroom right before launch and take off my shirt. So I wore just a sweatshirt for the entire day. Scandalous I know.
Above is a picture of Utah State's SHOT II team on the morning of launch. I am on the left, the Josh, Keith, and Nicholas. And don't worry at this point I don't have my t-shirt on. Overall it was a good experience our payload didn't work because of the difference in the coefficient of thermal expansion of epoxy and aluminum. I learned a lot at this conference and it wasn't all about satellites and weather balloons.