Oregon State University is one of the top education establishments within the state of Oregon. It was important for their Rocketry team to pick a trusted partner to meet their unique needs. Top Priorities for them included having real-time data from the rocket, without the need for a stable connection alongside a hyper-accurate geolocation service to recover the rocket. Their requirements meant a custom solution to fit inside their rocket.
Their existing system was based on visual recovery and often resulted in hours of searching as part of the recovery effort.
After discussions with GoLocate, custom tracking hardware was designed and manufactured within six weeks and delivered shortly afterwards for testing. The off-grid solution enabled the hardware to either use any available mobile signals or relay data back to their computers on-site.
The team at OSU saw the benefits from the first launch. The device was successfully used to recover the rocket alongside providing a real-time data feed showing trajectory, speed and location amongst other data points. This innovative solution resulted in multiple successful launches and recoveries.
GoLocate has been a great asset to our team during our mission to successfully launch the rocket. The tracking devices synced flawlessly with our computers in flight and provided accurate tracking of each stage of the rocket. Without it, we wouldn't know exactly how high we got or how far we travelled. Tracking was just as important to us as the science we conducted on board, and without it, we would not have been able to conduct our experiment properly.