The Carthage Microgravity Team has passed the Test Readiness Review. Their zero-gravity fuel gauge has been approved for flight.
During the Test Readiness Review, team members must present their experiment to about 20 NASA engineers to prove that it is safe to be flown on G-Force One, the zero-gravity aircraft. The engineers pepper teams with questions about their rigs’ structural, chemical and electrical components.
“They want to make sure that everything is safe so that no one gets hurt on the zero-g plane,” said Danielle Weiland, ’14, of Kenosha. “It’s the final checkpoint before we load the experiment. If we hadn’t passed the TRR, there’s a chance we wouldn’t get to fly. It’s the most critical review that they do.”
Steven Mathe, ’13, of Wauconda, Ill., acted as spokesperson during the TRR. “It went really well,” he said. “The engineers did not voice any concerns about our rig. I was a little nervous, but I knew that we had done a good job building it.”