One of the side panels of the Oculus ASR
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Name Cody Gustafson
Affiliations Michigan Technological University
Location Michigan, USA
Interests photovoltaics
Groups EE5490 users 2014
Courses EE5490
Registered 2014
Impact 549
Contributions German solar energy policy literature review
United States solar PV roof policy method

I am an undergraduate student at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, MI. I am currently enrolled in and have completed multiple graduate level courses. My degree is focused on Power Systems. At Michigan Tech, I am the Solar sub-team lead in the Aerospace Enterprise. We are currently finishing up the assembly and testing of our Oculus ASR flight panels, and are looking forward to the future launch of our satellite.

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Interests[edit | edit source]

Academic[edit | edit source]

  • Solar Photovoltaics-First exposure was on the Oculus ASR project through the Aerospace Enterprise. I have substantial experience assembling space-rated solar panels using Spectrolab 28.3% UJT cells. I am very interested in learning more about the field of solar energy and contributing with work of my own.
  • Power Systems-Generally interested in power generation, transmission, and distribution. Pursuing Michigan Tech's Electric Power Certificate.

Other[edit | edit source]

  • History & Law-Generally interested in U.S. History, even more specifically U.S. Military History. I also have a deep interest in law. At one point I considered law school, but in lieu of that I've decided to purchase cheap law textbooks on Amazon and go through them as time allows.
  • Broomball-The single greatest activity at Michigan Tech. Currently, I am the 2013-2014 IRHC Broomball Chair. Love the sport and the culture we've created at Tech.

Oculus ASR[edit | edit source]

The Oculus ASR is designed to be a reference satellite for the Air Force. It's primary function is to further the Air Force's ability to identify orbiting aircraft's attitude and adjustments in positioning. To do this, the Oculus has three different colored faces and a deployable panel to change the overall shape. I have been working on the solar panels since October 2012. Preliminary designs had already been made. Work completed since taking over includes refining the soldering process for the interconnects to make the best connection, testing the vacuum seal and adhesive, careful documentation, and assembling all 13 panels. Basic functionality testing has been performed, but further work needs to be done throughout spring semester 2014.

German To U.S. Law Literature Review[edit | edit source]

  • 50+ articles reviewed to have a solid working knowledge of German Solar PV policy.
  • Being used to write a communications paper on United States Solar PV Roof Policy

United States Solar PV Roof Policy[edit | edit source]

  • Working draft of communications paper method section

C.G.Gustafson (talk) 12:12, 20 January 2014 (PST)

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