Being a multi-university team has a lot of advantages, but it also comes with some challenges. One such challenge is that we cannot have frequent face-to-face meetings. As we expanded our team, we quickly realized the need for an opportunity for team members to meet each other in person. Towards the end of summer, we set a date for our first full-team meeting to hold design reviews.
Each subteam presented on their work -- simulations, propulsion, airframe, and avionics. It was awesome to see how far we’ve come since our last team design review in May. Some teams even brought hardware: a tank, a prototype of the avionics bay, a parachute, and more. The parachute lent itself well to being a team-bonding exercise; it took at least half the team to untangle and fold it.
Overall, we had a very productive weekend, and it was great for our expanded team to meet each other in person. 24 out of 27 team members attended, with 16 coming from out-of-state. Many thanks to our Boston-based team for hosting everyone, and for the out-of-state team members for making the trek to Boston!