September 26, 2018

Today I have worked on the white paper that provides an introduction for our research. The topic is PANOPTES which is a robotic telescope that helps us track/find exoplanets. I am explaining the history of PANOPTES, and how WISRD has been able to help out with this worldwide project.

September 27, 2018

Today there was a need to make precise cuts to aluminum sheets in order to be able to weather proof a component of the PANOPTES structure, as it will be placed outside and needs to withstand the elements. There was a bit of problem solving needed, but in the end we were able to cut the pieces correctly and find a way to fold the sheet in order to get them at the correct angle to cover parts of the telescope.

October 17, 2018

After a bit of correcting some of the issues of placement, we have finished waterproofing water PENOPTES. We will, in the future, be going to CalTech to pick up some circuitry to be able to finalize the entire project.

October 25, 2018

The PANOPTES Wisrd team visted Caltech to speak with an engineer to aid us on composing the circuitry for our unit. Upon speaking with the engineer, we were able to learn a lot of the modifications made to the project to make it more efficient, and remove any defects it could/may have. The components were explained, and knowledge on how each part served useful to the overall function of the unit was obtained. We now will be receiving, and updated parts list, and will be trying out the new instructions that come with it.

November 5, 2018

Today we did the WISRD poster event at Wildwood. The PANOPTES team was able to show off our unit, and be able to explain how it would be used once completed. I additionally worked with the EMOTIV team, and helped them used the EMOTIV headset to demonstrate how it could be applied with their 3D printed hands.

November 8, 2018

The team has been working and thinking about white papers. I have edited some, and was able to incorporate correct formatting that I have learned in my other classes. The next step is to really solidify the white papers in order to not only show that we could build PANOPTES, but also demonstrate our understanding of the concepts that go along with it(like photometry,  exoplanets, and space).