Jack McFarlane

Jack McFarlane

Mentor

Dr. Riccardo Bevilacqua

College

Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering

Major

Electrical Engineering

Minor

N/A

Organizations

Gatorloop

Academic Awards

N/A

Volunteering

N/A

Research Interests

Small Scale Autonomous Satellite

Hobbies and Interests

Scuba Diving

Research Project

Passive Thermal Coating Observatory in Low Earth Orbit

The PATCOOL project aims to design and build a small-scale satellite to test a NASA-designed thermal coating. The coating should reduce thermal absorption by up to 20%, enabling more accurate experiments to be developed on spaceships and reduce the energy needed for cooling.  As the Electrical Lead for the project, I am responsible for designing, testing, and integrating all electronics for the satellite, including the power system, the transcievers, the navigation system, the onboard computer and the payload board which is a dedicated circuit board for converting the analog values of the thermal sensors to digital values that the computer can read and send back to earth. PATCOOL will be finishing in late mate and will hopefully launch in November.