A Successful Day at the Track! And an Update to the Reveal Event

Computer Systems, Featured, General

First and foremost, the Solar Car Reveal Event on June 7th will officially begin at 4 pm. But at 3 PM, the car will be available to look at and the team will be ready to show it to you! The address of Raisbeck Aviation High School is 9229 E Marginal Way S, Tukwila WA […]

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Our Car Drives Under Solar Power!

Computer Systems, Featured, Structures

Last week, our team mounted and wired the six solar panels on top of the car’s solar panel rack! This major milestone is what makes our car solar! Each panel is laye on top of an aluminum panel rack that provides structural support to each panel. The rack is attached to the car with two […]

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Highway to Solar

Featured, General

Since our last general update, much progress has been made on the car both obvious and subtle. On March 30th we finalized the chassis and painted the car, a huge step forward in development, and since then we have been making leaps and bounds towards running solely on solar power. 15 April Deadline – A […]

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Wiring up the car

Electrical System, Featured

A lot of wires are necessary to make an electric car operate – we need to connect the battery, motor controller, motor, solar panels, MPPTs (Maximum Power Point Trackers, which are used to optimize power output of the solar panels), shutoff switches, relays, and more! To safely wire everything up, we first created a detailed […]

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Sparks are Flying!

Featured, Structures

As we are starting to focus on finishing up the structure of the car, we have a lot of welding to get done putting on structural supports. George, our team welder, has been helping other students on the team learn how to weld. As you can see in the picture to the right, there are […]

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We’re Going to Texas!

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Registration has been submitted and we are an official competitor in the 2019 High School Solar Challenge at the Texas Motor Speedway! Team members have been putting in hours after school and on the weekends to design and build the remaining components of the car, and complete registration details. The competition will take place July […]

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Getting it Working pt.2 – Battery Driven Car

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Invigorated by our quick process and early completion of our 1 February deadline, we felt confident that we could have our car driving under battery power within weeks. Unfortunately, fate (or the weather) reared its ugly head as snowmageddon reigned in Seattle, with several feet aggregate of snow dumped on the city in just two […]

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Back to the drawing board


Structures

As per the brake team’s last post, Starting┬áto┬áStop, we are in the process of designing a brake pedal that will successfully actuate the calipers of the car, via steel brakes, once mounted to the suspension. In that post, we highlighted the pedal we would be mounting onto the levers by showing a screenshot of the […]

January 22, 2019

General Team Update


Featured, General

The team is hard at work since returning to school after Winter Break. Here’s what we’re up to! Cutting, welding, and more! We have started to cut parts for the suspension and chassis. Students are learning how to use different tools in the shop such as the horizontal band saw, table saw, and hand saws. […]

January 22, 2019

Starting to Stop


Structures

Brake Levers Since our initial post, we have acquired new brake levers that will likely be the final iteration of our cable design for the prototype car. The levers will be attached via steel brake cables to calipers mounted to the suspension. To pull the lever, we are manufacturing a unique pedal to place upon […]

January 10, 2019

The Importance of Outside Expertise


General

The Solar Car Competition is a very ambitious and rigorous technical challenge with innumerable engineering hurdles to be overcome. This is especially for us, as we are a first-year team with little existing knowledge base to draw from. Therefore, it is invaluable to learn from the experiences of other high school teams who have come […]

January 9, 2019

Chassis Design: Prototype 2


Featured, Structures

Our new chassis design has taken a major shift in its compatibility with other parts and its aerodynamics. We have changed our chassis to be thinner to accommodate the change in the width of a human sitting down. At the bottom of the chassis, the inner width is 22 inches and its upper width is […]

December 21, 2018

New member of the team


General

Since joining RAHS, I have always been fascinated by the Solar Car Team. Since joining, I have had so much fun, I know I made the right decision. Instead of making models or basic design, we are making a real car that you could drive and and make yourself, this idea is so cool to […]

December 20, 2018

Lighting up our system


Electrical System

As with any street legal car, there needs to be light indicators so that drivers are able to see what that car’s driver is doing. So for our car, while headlights are not necessary, stop and turn lights are required by the rules, so that our unfortunate driver doesn’t end up getting rammed for not […]

December 19, 2018

Designing our onboard telemetry computers


Computer Systems

For our solar car, there are many requirements that we need to meet, and the many more needs to reach optimal performance with our vehicle. We need to design a rear-view camera system, telemetry displays, and a system control panel. In order to accomplish this, we will be using an array of Raspberry Pi B+ […]

December 18, 2018