Space Raiders

This past March, the Space Raiders purchased a 9.25” refractor telescope with a computer-controlled motorized “go-to” mount and camera adapter. Thanks to the generous donations from the Perloff Family Foundation, The Lucas Spencer Passion Fund, and Sally and Jim Gibson of Fryeburg, the purchase was possible. The telescope purchase helps to further our mission for viewing and astrophotography of the planets, stars, galaxies, nebula, and comets. We will be having open viewing events on campus and at the OLRC barn as weather and schedules permit.

Fryeburg Academy’s Space Raiders Club was founded in 2018 by physics teacher Dr. Warren Ziegler for astronomy and space science students. Dr. Ziegler is currently engaged as a Space Scientist with the University of Southern Maine and continues to mentor students from Fryeburg Academy’s Space Raiders Club. He is now working with Mr. Tyler O’Keefe ’14 who has joined as a faculty co-advisor. Despite the pandemic, the Space Raiders have many successful activities and events to report. The Space Raiders contributed to a successful NASA CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI) proposal to have a Maine-built satellite launched into orbit by NASA (MESAT-1). The Raiders contributed sections on remote sensing, telemetry, and attitude control to the overall proposal. A small satellite launch is worth as much as $100,000, so this is a significant award. The Space Raiders will have an experiment included in MESAT-1, which will carry cameras that will image the earth in different colors. By doing so, it will be able to assess the state of the waters around Maine. For example, the ratio of reflected green light from the water surface to reflected infra-red light indicates the presence of plankton and the number of solids (turbidity) in the water. MESAT-1 is scheduled to be launched into a polar orbit in April of 2022.

The Space Raiders proceeded to the next phase of the University of Southern Maine’s CubeSat Competition with the team's design submission that was launched on a high-altitude balloon from the Lewiston campus of the University of Southern Maine on June 26th. The balloon reached an altitude of 22 miles when it burst, the CubeSat payload descended safely to earth on a parachute and was tracked and recovered in Wiscasset later that same afternoon. The CubeSat was brought back to the lab at USM, which had successfully recorded data on atmospheric pressure, altitude, magnetic field, and acceleration. The launch was facilitated by Professor Richard Eason of the University of Maine and funded by NASA through the Maine Space Grant Consortium. Due to the post-school year timing, logistics, and COVID, we were not able to have FA students present at the launch. Space Raiders will have videos, photos, and data to analyze this Fall. 

Additionally, this past November, Space Raider’s member Andrii Obertas created a unique Venus Rover design that entered a NASA challenge. The challenge was to design a rover that could maneuver around obstacles using mechanical sensors and minimal electronics as the high temperatures at Venus’s surface are detrimental to electronic components; Andrii’s design involved using a wheel at the end of an articulated boom connected to the rover body. This was an open competition for all ages. Andrii’s entry was very clever though it did not win overall, still a significant achievement given that he competed against professional engineers and scientists from around the world.
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  • FA’s Fall Sports Awards Assembly Recognizes Student-Athletes

    On Thursday, November 18th, Fryeburg Academy celebrated the fall sports season with its annual fall sports awards assembly held in the Wadsworth Arena. The following student-athletes were recognized for their outstanding performance during the fall 2021-22 season: 
  • FA's Goldberg Gallery Presents Artwork from Alum Isaac Rader

    Beginning in the month of October, the Goldberg Gallery will host the work of Isaac Rader. Rader, a 2013 graduate of Fryeburg Academy, received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania, and has studied at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction. He is a member of the Mount Washington Valley Art Association and has shown at many local venues throughout the Mount Washington Valley. 
  • Space Raiders

    This past March, the Space Raiders purchased a 9.25” refractor telescope with a computer-controlled motorized “go-to” mount and camera adapter. Thanks to the generous donations from the Perloff Family Foundation, The Lucas Spencer Passion Fund, and Sally and Jim Gibson of Fryeburg, the purchase was possible. The telescope purchase helps to further our mission for viewing and astrophotography of the planets, stars, galaxies, nebula, and comets. We will be having open viewing events on campus and at the OLRC barn as weather and schedules permit.
  • FA Appoints Two New Board Members: Renee C. Thomas ‘84, and Nicola Soares ‘86

    The Fryeburg Academy Board of Trustees has appointed two new board members: Renee C. Thomas ‘84, and Nicola Soares ‘86. Both women hail from Bermuda and spent their Academy years as students in its boarding program.
  • FA Students Join UM Buddy Defranco and MMEA Maine State Jazz Festivals 

    This January, Fryeburg Academy’s after-school jazz groups were able to resume limited rehearsals (following specific CDC guidelines for spacing, ventilation, masking, instrument covers, and rehearsal length), which allowed us to begin preparation for the spring virtual jazz festivals.

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