Manoa Astronomical Technologies – Pioneer 01-B

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Kent Harada (Project Manager), Shane Brown (Finance Manager), Donovan Macanas (VIP Coordinator), and Tina Li (Systems Integrator)
Manoa Astronomical Technologies (MAT) is a Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP), currently in its second iteration. Dr. Trimble’s research laboratory, R.I.P. Laboratory, oversees MAT. VIP is geared to get underclassmen involved with the design process before their senior year. By the time senior design comes around, those members will be aware of the workload to come. Furthermore, if an underclassman sticks with the same VIP project, that member will be familiar with the content and context of the project.
Last year, MAT created a Newtonian Telescope named Pioneer 01-AThe telescope’s subsystems that MAT fabricated includes its primary mirror cell (the means of supporting the primary parabolic 12″ mirror), the secondary mirror cell (which supports a flat mirror that projects the image to the observer), its instrument mounting system (which mounts a focuser and a camera), and its Optical Tube Assembly (which is the primary means to support the above). The mirrors and the German-Equatorial Mount were donated to MAT.
This year we will be working to improve the previous year’s design with the intent of improving the collimation process, improving the stability of the primary mirror, and capturing images produced by Pioneer with a high-definition camera. To do this we are redesigning the primary mirror cell and adding a focuser that is compatible with said high definition camera.

Mission Statement

To cultivate an interdisciplinary Vertically Integrated Project (VIP) program in which students will experience the design process, learn team dynamics, and gain technical skills through tasks focusing on reducing optical aberrations by improving collimation for Pioneer 01-­A.

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Performance Summary

Underclassmen

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Optical Tube Assembly Subsystem

John Bredall
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John Bredall is a freshman Astrophysics student. All his life he’s been interested in mathematics and learning about our universe. His passion for outer space drew him to this project as well as his desire to get hands-on experience. In his free time John loves video games, hiking, and learning about space.

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Optical Tube Assembly Subsystem

Karen Calaro
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Karen Calaro is currently a senior pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering. Throughout middle school and high school Karen participated in various projects and competitions which increased her interest in studying engineering. Through her experience in VEX Robotics Competitions, with teams 736, 941, and 2477, FIRST Robotics Competitions (FRC), with team 2477, science fair, SkillsUSA, and Waipahu High School’s design thinking initiative she was able to figure out that she wanted to study mechanical engineering.

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Primary Mirror Cell Assembly Subsystem

Colin Happ
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Colin is a junior studying mechanical engineering. He joined the team in order to start getting more design and shop experience. He really thinks space is amazing so this was the perfect project for him to be a part of.

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Focuser/Camera Subsystem

Bryant Higa
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Bryant is an Astrophysics undergraduate at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He previously spent several years as a student in Mechanical Engineering and ICS. He has a passion for understanding how things work, be it astronomical phenomena or the instruments in which to study them.

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Optical Tube Assembly/Primary Mirror Cell Assembly Subsystem

Ryan Li
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Ryan Li is a Freshman majoring in Electrical Engineering. In hiss free time he likes surfing the web, playing video games, hanging out with friends, and listening to music. He has an interest in science fiction and he likes animals.

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Optical Tube Assembly/Primary Mirror Cell Assembly Subsystem

Ryan Matsumoto
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Ryan Matsumoto is a mechanical engineering major at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. This is his second year participating in the Manoa Astronomical Technologies VIP team. He enjoys being a part of this group because he gets to apply the things he has learned in his engineering courses to design and fabricate something that can be used by other people to view astronomical objects. He also enjoys being involved with this project because it provides him with an opportunity to learn about other disciplines because this project touches on many different fields of science, such as astronomy and physics.

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Primary Mirror Cell Assembly Subsystem

Randy Trager
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Randy is retired and enrolled in the Astronomy BA program. His experience is in equipment & facilities design, manufacture processes, construction, amateur astronomy, photography, coatings selection, coating application techniques, and their curing/drying characteristics-methodologies. He is presently enrolled in ASTR 300 Observational Astronomy with Dr. Eugene Magnier and Dr. Geoffery Mathews.

Advisors

A Zachary Trimble (Advisor)

Alex Dzierba (Mentor)

Henry Weiland (Mentor)

Stan Truitt (Mentor)

Grant Takara (Graduate Advisor)

Brennan Yamamoto (Graduate Advisor)

Contact Info

Team Email: astrotec@hawaii.edu

Project Manager: kcharada@hawaii.edu, Kent Harada

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Get Involved!

Team Meetings: Mondays 2:30 – 4:00 pm & Wednesdays 1:30 – 3:30 pm at POST 221

Fill out this interest form if you are interested in joining the project here.