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Mid-Fall 2020 Semester Update

This fall has been nothing short of one of our most productive semesters ever. This team news update covers the beginning of our fall 2020 progress and gives insight into how the team shapes up for next year's race.


General: This semester started with immense support from our sponsors and the KU School of Engineering. The team received funding for much needed new equipment, tools, and organization materials. When it came time for recruitment, the engineering departments helped our call-for-members message receive the most outreach the team has ever seen.


Team members recruiting new members at KU Engineering Rock the Block 2020

Mechanical: This fall, the mechanical team started tack welding our chassis' steel tubes and made significant progress already. Mechanical also finished Astra's sheet metal drawings and submitted them to a water jetting company for development. The team has also been busy ordering the rest of the composite aeroshell and suspension materials. For the new mechanical members this semester, we presented Automotive 101, which covers each mechanical subsystem's basics. After Automotive 101, we started the new members on steering stop and parking cable research/design projects.


Mechanical Member Mackenzie Marco sits inside the partially welded chassis for scale


Electrical: Electrical has been busy this fall. The team has successfully wired our startup sequence to test motors, tested our battery pack's thermal profile by discharging with the motors, and began designing PCBs for future projects. Electrical is also working on powering the full pack with the motor, where we can test the process, getting safer with the battery pack.





The electrical team's software side has been working on programming 4G hotspots to receive telemetry data wirelessly and some modern projects for the team website.


Solar: Solar is also working on testing and teaching new members how to solder arrays. Recently the team finished testing our heating pad and finalized our array making process for Astra's most efficient build.


Solar team members working on arrays

Business: The business team has spent most of the fall gathering sponsorships, working on new team merchandise and design. We will be announcing a couple of new sponsors soon, so keep your eyes out. We released a new sponsorship package design and are working on recruiting new business members for our 2021 business and marketing campaigns. Let us know at solarcar@ku.edu if you are interested in being a part of the business team!

Written by Hayden Barnes // KU Solar Car Operations and Business Director


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  University of Kansas, School of Engineering, West 15th Street, Lawrence, KS, USA

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