Christopher A. Van Hoosear

I graduated from California State Unversity Chico in December 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering, a Bachelor of Science in Mechatronics Engineering and a Minor in Computer Science.

Project Update: January 10, 2011

  • December 29, 2010
    • Removed the Elevation Assembly
  • December 30, 2010
    • Inspected Elevation Bearing
    • Elevation Bearing
    • Packed grease into Elevation Bearing
    • Inspected Elevation Drive Belt
    • Elevation Drive Belt
  • January 3, 2011
    • Inspected and tighened the Azimuth Drive Motor
    • Tighened the Azimuth Drive Belt
    • Started flocking Elevation Assembly
  • January 4, 2011
    • Finished flocking Elevation Assembly
    • Started flocking Azimuth Assembly
  • January 5,2011
    • Finished flocking Azimuth Asseembly
  • January 10, 2011
    • Started flocking Base Assembly
  • January 11, 2011
    • Inspected slip rings
    • Slip Rings
    • Inspected slip ring bushings
  • January 12, 2011
    • Finished flocking the Base Assembly
  • January 13, 2011
    • Caulked all exterior joints

Project Description

This work is being funded initially by Dr. Mayor's Spring 2011 Research Foundation Scholar's Grant.

The goal of this project is to inspect and prepare the Beam Steering Unit (BSU) for operation in March 2011 in an experiment that will be conducted at the University Farm. We moved the BSU into room 134 in CSU Chico's Physical Science building to facilitate easier access and protection from the weather. New mirrors are currently being fabricated by Hextek Corp. and are expected to be delivered in late February. The BSU has been exposed to the elements for several years and needed a thorough cleaning. We removed the Elevation Assembly and inspected the Elevation Bearing. It showed almost no wear so we applied some fresh grease and put it back. Since the Elevation Bearing was in good working order and we were running out of time, we decided not to inspect the Azimuth Bearing. The old flocking was peeling off and deteriorating so we removed all of it. Next, we cleaned all of the interior surfaces and re-flocked them. Flocking paper is used to suppress stray light scattering.
Chris Van Hoosear working on the beam steering unit.