Month: March 2011

Linear Technology

We are proud to announce Linear Technology as a Gold Sponsor of CalSol. Linear Technology are the designers and makers of the boards we are using to monitor our Li-Ion batteries. These boards are essential to both ensuring the safety of the driver and giving us real-time detailed feedback on the state of our batteries. …

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Hexcel – Our New Sponsor!

Impulse’s shell is what gives it shape, and ensures optimal aerodynamics as we’re racing.  Making this shell as light as possible was crucial to making Impulse competitive, and it’s for that reason that we in CalSol would like to thank Hexcel Corporation for their generous discount of carbon fiber for our car’s shell.

Impulse Unveiling: April 16 at Cal Day

CalSol is proud to announce the unveiling of Impulse, our newest solar race vehicle. It will take place at Cal Day, UC Berkeley’s campus wide open house event. We invite all CalSol supporters and anyone interested to see what we have been working so hard on.

Hello from the Data Team!

Hello CalSol supporters! As the Data Lead of Electrical Team, I’d like to give you a little update on some amazing progress we have made recently and take the time to recognize the hardworking members of the team! As the name suggests, the Data Team is primarily responsible for anything data-related on the Electrical Team, …

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Adopt-A-Cell Program

CalSol would like to give everyone an update on our Adopt-A-Cell program! This program is a fun way for individuals to help support our goals. Our current car, GoldRush, as well as our new car, Impulse, have 6 square metres of solar cells on them, as well as hundreds of batteries. As such, everyone has …

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Telemetry meets Tritium

This Sunday, the Telemetry team met with Rafael to test their new telemetry program with the Tritium motor controller. With the telemetry board connected to the motor controller’s CAN bus, we were able to see all of the packets on our laptop as they were sent, including a graph of the last thirty seconds of …

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Check Us Out

Hello friends of CalSol! As we work towards the ultimate completion deadline, we also work to keep you informed! There has been lots of amazing progress in the past couple of weeks, and there will only be more! Please check back at our website often for updates on Impulse, WSC, or anything in general.

Optimizing SD Card Writes

Everyone’s heard of black boxes – they are devices that record data in the event that something happens to assist in determining why something happened. Did you know that we have a similar device too – the Datalogger board! You may be wondering where the BRAIN is, and the answer is, we didn’t use one. …

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Batch of CalSol PCBs

This Monday, CalSol received a second run of PCBs! We would like to thank Advanced Circuits for their continued generous support of the Impulse project. The new boards are a revision of the system we successfully prototyped at end of last semester with numerous improvements, bug fixes and additions. We added PCBs for brake lights …

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