November 21, 2017 Daily Blog

Today I did a couple different things. I learned a few more Unix commands:

  • Wc —— (#lines, #words, #characters In txt doc)

  • lpr —— (print txt doc)

  • Pico —— (open and edit txt doc


I also customized my terminal packet. Over break, I want to apply ANSI colors and other changes to terminal. Here is what I’ve done so far:

Before-











After-











I also received a crash course in computer and server information from Dr. Bill during class. I will most likely need a refresher on a lot of it but here is what I did:

  • Installed Ipnetmonitorx

  • Learned how to use Ipnetmonitorx

  • Learned how to do email IP address lookup

  • DNS Servers

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November 20, 2017 Daily Blog

Today I worked on learning Unix. I looked up some popular commands online and I also started looking through the Unix for Mac textbook. Here is a copy of the text:

Download file "UnixTextbook"


Here is a list of the commands I learned:

  • $ ls -1 (list vertically with one line per item)

  • $ ls - h1 (long form, human readable)

  • $ ls - h1t (long form, human readable, sorted by time)

  • $ ls -a1 (list all)

  • Pwd (print working directory)

  • Cd _____ (change directory)

  • Cd ../ (go back to old directory)

  • Cd (back to home directory)~

  • Cd / (root directory)

  • Cd ~/——/ (certain directory in home)

  • Mkdir —— (make new folder)

  • Rmdir —— (delete folder)

  • Cp —— —— (copy file)

  • Mv —— —— (rename file)

  • Rm —— (delete file)

  • Find . -name —— (find file)

  • mv —— —— (move file to directory)

  • Du (list files and sizes)

  • Cat ——.txt (view text document)

  • Cat > ——.txt (create text doc)

  • Less —— (view txt file)


I also used my new toolkit for the first time to take apart an old MacBook charger that had caught on fire in order to try and identify the problem. Once I took it apart, you could instantly see that there was heat damage on the board in multiple different spots. Oliver and I used a multimeter to measure how many ohms of resistance was between some of the damaged joints to check if any of them shorted. The resistance between one of the voltage regulators and a resistor joint there was over 200 ohms of resistance. We checked the same joints on one of the other chargers that Oliver took apart (this one wasn’t damaged) and there was only 30 ohms present. Our theory is that the extra resistance prevented some of the excess heat from flowing from the voltage regulator to the heatsink (as the two are connected) and therefore the heat was redirected, causing the rest of the heat damage on the board and eventually leading to the fire. We want to test this theory more tomorrow.


Here is the broken charger:
























Here is the working charger:
























This is the parts of the charger:















This is the voltage resistor we think is faulty (the resistor in the background is the one we measured the resistance with):

























Here is my new toolkit :) :




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November 14-17 Weekly Blog

This week in ISR we only had two classes, and I had a lot of stuff going on outside of class, so I didn't get that much done. I worked on reading about the muon detector and I am almost done reading the paper, even though parts of it I should definitely look over again. I also looked into some of the neutrino detectors around the world (IceCube is SOOO awesome!!!) and how they share their research.

For AMES I finished writing a rough draft table of contents:

Authors and Affiliation

  1. Terminology

  2. Executive Summary

  3. Background

    1. Naming

    2. Purpose

    3. Location

      1. Orbit

      2. Radiation Protection

  4. Structural Design

    1. Materials

    2. Basic Design

    3. Protection

      1. Radiation Protection

      2. Heat Protection

      3. Stability

  5. Space Settlement Design

    1. Central Hub

    2. The Toruses

      1. Torus Design Plan

      2. Rotational Gravity

      3. Living Torus

      4. Industry Torus

      5. Research Torus

    3. Docking Port

    4. Storage

  6. Habitation - Living Torus

    1. Oxygen

    2. Water

      1. Water Collection From Mars

    3. Health

      1. Health Concerns

    4. Food

    5. Power

      1. Quantum Energy

        1. Design

        2. Diagrams

        3. Concerns

      2. Solar Power

    6. Medical Facilities

    7. Safety Precautions and Emergency Protocols

      1. Fire Protection

      2. System Malfunction

      3. Oxygen Leak

      4. Drifting Object Alert and Protection

  7. Research - Research Torus

    1. Medical Research

      1. Looking for new Cures

      2. Benefits of Low Gravity on the Human Body

    2. Astronomy and Cosmology Research

    3. Particle Physics Research

      1. Particle Accelerator

        1. High Levels of Acceleration

        2. Safety Protocols


This is only a rough draft, but it at least gives us a place to start.

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November 17, 2017 Daily Blog

Today in class we just talked about the final project and Tesla for most of the time. However, in the few minutes there was left I finished the list of materials I need for the muon detector:
  • Scintillator (5×5×1 cm3 solid piece)
    • Reflective foil (to wrap it in)
    • Optical Gel
  • Silicon Photomultiplier (6×6 mm2 C-Series 60035-SMT)
  • Two PCB’s
  • 16 MHz Arduino Nano ATmega328
  • 0.96-inch OLED screen
  • Mini-USB
  • light-tight aluminum enclosure.
  • Black Electrical Tape
  • 6′′ BNC cable
  • 2.1×5.5 mm2 DC
  • Electronics Case with volume of 3×4×1 in3
We already have most of the stuff on the list; the only things I think I need are the scintillator and the photomultiplier.

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November 14, 2017 Daily Blog

Today in ISR our space posters arrived!!! We were finally able to decorate our space lab and it looks absolutely amazing! I also got my toolkit which I am super excited about! I think it will definitely be helpful in building my muon detector and in computer repairs, which I want to learn more about.

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November 7-9 Daily Blog

This week in ISR I worked a lot on the muon detector and NASA Ames. I wrote really detailed daily blogs for what I did throughout most of the week but I do plan on working more tomorrow so I will update this blog after then!

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November 9, 2017 Daily Blog

Today in ISR, we looked into setting up the laser cutter. The exhaust fan we just got is perfect for the job; it is powerful enough and is also relatively quiet, but the only problem is that it doesn't fit the cutter. This just means that we need an adapter, but we need one that will be powerful enough not to collapse in on itself.

I also did research into making a muon detector and I found some great resources:

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November 8, 2017 Daily Blog

Today in ISR, I actually did quite a lot across multiple different projects.

I talked to Oliver about learning Unix and he sent and talked to me about some key commands. I also talked to the other Oliver about learning Python and I enrolled in an edX course on the fundamentals of python.

I also discussed possibly designing a neutrino detector. Now, I know that this is most likely an unrealistic project, due to both price and necessary equipment, but I would still like to look into the idea. However, Dr. Bill presented some good project ideas that I could actually pursue along the same line. I could create a website, similar to that of Deep Space Network Now (https://eyes.nasa.gov/dsn/dsn.html) which shows what deep space satellites are currently active and what they are doing, but for neutrino detectors around the world. This would actually be really helpful to the scientific community, both those working with the detectors and to students wishing to work with the data, as it would all be compiled neatly in one place. I really do want to pursue this idea, whether I end up trying to build a neutrino detector or not, and I will email my contacts at both CERN and Fermilab about the idea tomorrow. Another idea was that I design a muon detector, as it is much more do-able and I could still collect interesting data from it. This would be much easier to design than a neutrino detector as muons are much more massive and therefore easier to detect. I would also like to look more into this idea tomorrow.

Last, but certainly not least, I also worked on Ames today. Sneha and I created a checklist of things that need to be done by the end of the week:
  • Design Completed- Sneha & I
  • Lagrange Point Calculations- Sneha
  • Torus Calculations- Me
  • 3D sketch (or at least started)- Angelina
  • Outline Completed- Sneha & I
  • Hydroponic Section Written- Sameer
  • Economic Section Started- Sneha & I
Now, we know that this is a lot to get done, but we need to start making official progress as the deadline is fast approaching. The items on the checklist don't have to be final products, but we at least need rough drafts by the end of the weekend. We have a three day weekend coming up and Sneha and I are planning on going up to the elab on Friday and completing most of the checklist.

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November 7, 2017 Daily Blog

Today in ISR, I worked on getting back involved in the moonbase project as I have recently not been giving it as much time as it deserves. I just mostly worked on reading through what I missed on basecamp and starting to look more in depth at the current designs for scientific flaws.

I also submitted my application for the National Women in Computing and Information Technology competition!

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November 1-3 Weekly Blog

This week in ISR I worked primarily on the NASA Ames project. We met several times, both in ISR and outside of class, and made a lot of progress. Currently the idea is that I should be working on writing about the torus design and calculuating the sizes and forces of gravity for each one. Sneha is working on writing about the Lagrange points and the mathematics behind them and why we picked L4. Angelina is working on trying to design computer graphics so she can start making models of the settlement and Sameer is working on the agriculture side of things. I hope to get a lot done for this over the weekend and throughout the next couple weeks before break.

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November 3, 2017 Daily Blog

Today in ISR we worked mostly on cleaning out the conference room and starting to make it our space lab! Some people from Punahou also came to visit and I talked to them a little bit about my projects.

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Last Weeks Ames Progress

Over the past week, Sneha, Sameer, and I have met several times to work on the NASA Ames project. Here is a summary of what we have decided so far:
  • The first settlement will be located at the L4 Lagrange point
    • Much more stable than the other Earth-Moon Lagrange points.
  • We will use the Stanford torus design with no support beams but instead held together with electromagnetism
    • Easier to create artificial gravity
  • There will be seven tori; three for habitation, two for industry, and two for agriculture
    • Torus #1: 7.2 km diameter, 40,000 people,
    • Tori #2 and #3: 5.4 km diameter, 30,000 people
    • Tori #4 and #5: 4.05 km diameter, agriculture
    • Tori #6 and #7: 3.04 km diameter, industry
  • There will also be two Bernal Spheres on both sides of the structure
  • Travel between the tori will be provided through "space buses" which will travel between the tori to the center shaft every 10 minutes.
Here are our whiteboard notes:


















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November 1, 2017 Daily Blog

Today in ISR we just talked to the people in admissions about our projects. I also finished typing out the derivation for the period of our tori for the NASA Ames project:

F=mv^2r=ma

F=mv^2r=mg

v^2r=g

v=rg

2r=Tv

v=rg

rg=4pi^2r^2/T^2

T2=4pi^2r^22/rg

T=2pi*sqrt(r/g)

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October 31, 2017 Daily Blog

Today in ISR I just worked on going through all my past posts and adding tags to them, now that I have learned how, to make it more organized.

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Semester 1 Plan

For Quater 2 I have multiple projects that I am working on:
  • For studying quantum physics I want to really work on filling in the gaps in my knowledge and building up a base of physics knowledge. I also want to really work on starting to apply mathematics to what I am studying because a lot of the mathematics includes calculus, which I am now studying for multiple variables, therefore making it applicable to real life.
  • For IMS I want to keep working on Mahina Lani. I have honestly not been super involved in that project and have certainly not been giving it the time it deserves. By the end of the quarter, I hope that we will have completed our financial presentation and have a full 3D model printed. I also hope that we will know the results of the Bishop Presentation.
  • For NASA Ames we need to get a lot done by the end of the quarter as then we are all gone for three weeks and it's all due by the end of February. By the end of the quarter we need to have at least a third of our paper written and we need to have a summary ready to submit by December 31st.
  • Other things I want to work on and look into are HI-SEAS, the atmosphere monitors, and HAM radio.


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October 24-27 Weekly Blog

For Quater 2 I have multiple projects that I am working on:
  • For studying quantum physics I want to really work on filling in the gaps in my knowledge and building up a base of physics knowledge. I also want to really work on starting to apply mathematics to what I am studying because a lot of the mathematics includes calculus, which I am now studying for multiple variables, therefore making it applicable to real life.
  • For IMS I want to keep working on Mahina Lani. I have honestly not been super involved in that project and have certainly not been giving it the time it deserves. By the end of the quarter, I hope that we will have completed our financial presentation and have a full 3D model printed. I also hope that we will know the results of the Bishop Presentation.
  • For NASA Ames we need to get a lot done by the end of the quarter as then we are all gone for three weeks and it's all due by the end of February. By the end of the quarter we need to have at least a third of our paper written and we need to have a summary ready to submit by December 31st.
  • Other things I want to work on and look into are HI-SEAS, the atmosphere monitors, and HAM radio.

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October 27 Daily Blog

In ISR today I started reading chapter 7 of Classical Dynamics of Particle Systems, which is on Hamiltonians and Hamiltons Principle. I am reading this so I can hopefully start to understand Density Functional Theorem better and maybe even apply it. I also talked to Angelina and Oliver about what Sneha, Sameer, and I have done for AMES so far.

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October 16-19 Weekly Blog

This week in ISR I started working a lot on the NASA Ames project. We decided to name our space settlement Hoku Ehu, which is stardust in Hawaiian. We are still working on the design for the settlement, as we are trying to think of other ideas besides the torus design. There is a lot of benefits to the torus design but it is not very original. One thing we are also considering is having the different parts not actually be attached together but instead being help together with magnetism, so they can break apart and travel in different directions.

I have also been doing some research into Quantum Energy Teleportation, which could make it possible to cut the communication time to Mars down from 20 minutes to 3.5, which is about the time it takes light to travel from Earth to Mars. Here is the paper I am currently reading:
Download file "1707.00934.pdf"

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October 19, 2017 Daily Blog

Today was the start of parent's weekend so all we did in class today was discuss our projects with the visiting parents.

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October 17, 2017 Daily Blog

Today in ISR we worked more on the NASA Ames project. We started to create a table of contents:
  1. Introduction

    1. Executive Summary

    2. Mission Statement

    3. Name

    4. About the Authors

  2. Location

    1. Lagrange Points

      1. Definition

      2. Calculations

      3. Locations

        1. Around the Moon

        2. Around Mars

    2. Moon Settlement Location

    3. Mars Settlement Location

  3. Structural Design

  4. Operations

  5. Human Factors

  6. Real-World Application

  7. Final Summary


    Over the rest of the week, I want to get back in connection with my contacts in JPL and I want to look into quantum energy and the mathematics behind Lagrange points.

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