Category Archive: Updates

Jan 18

Final Day!

Hey solar enthusiasts! Unfortunately I was not allowed to sleep outside the tent, so I didn’t have a sand experience…but we had a very elaborate banquet at Shams last night complete with a full goat, fish, lamb, rice, bread and so much more. It was the longest buffet line I have ever seen! This morning …

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Jan 17

Time to Hit the Road

Hello solar enthusiasts! Yesterday was day one of the road race. The race began at 8am with Ra 9 in 5th position. The route took us from Yas Marina Circuit through Abu Dhabi along the Corniche beach, out to UAE University in Al Ain for a checkpoint, and then back to Masdar City. We missed …

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Jan 15

Perfectly on Track

Hey solar enthusiasts! Yesterday we spent the day preparing for the four race days we have ahead – lots of logistics, planning, and packing and a little work on the car too! We didn’t have any major things to do, just alignment, mechanical, and electrical checks. This morning was the track qualifier. In order to …

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Jan 13

All Systems Green

Hello wonderful supporters, Today was a wonderful day for Ra 9 and the Principia Solar Car team!!! We successfully completed all stages of scrutineering and were the second team of fifteen to finish! ISU beat us to the punch…but we’ll get them back in the track race on Thursday. To quote the movie Gladiator, we …

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Jan 13

Day One Scrutineering

Hey solar enthusiasts! Great news from the first day of scrutineering! In the first day we were able to successfully pass (grade of green) the Mechanical, Electrical, Array, Driver, and Dynamic tests. BPS was given a grade of yellow because our battery temperature checks were a little off, so the electrical team needed to make …

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Jan 11

A Day in Dubai

Hey solar enthusiasts! Today’s update will cover yesterday as well. We had a late night yesterday coming back from Dubai at 2am… Yesterday morning we continued our work on the car. Mechanical tested the fairings successfully and completed a turn radius test. Electrical rerouted and tidied up the wiring panel and then we prepared the …

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Jan 09

Ra 9 Up & Running

Hey solar enthusiasts! Today was a workday! We finally had our crate and unloaded all our gear in the morning. Our car was all in one piece and we were able to get it transported back to ADMC. We worked out of ADMC’s workshop for the day – accomplishing our goal of getting the car …

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Jan 08

Salam Ra 9! and more adventures…

Hello solar enthusiasts!   Today the team split into three groups, accomplishing various tasks and having a few adventures along the way. Michael Rohrer and Garrett Fielding gave a presentation on the mechanical components of a solar car to ADMC students and faculty this morning. In the afternoon, Garrett Fielding and Brian Kamusinga shared ideas …

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Jan 07

Solar Car = Golden Rule

Salam (hello) solar enthusiasts! This morning we headed to Abu Dhabi Men’s College to meet the students and give presentations. Brian Ritter, Brian Kamusinga, and Jackson Walker gave a presentation on the electrical components of a solar car stressing the importance of safety and organization when building electrical parts. We ate lunch in the school’s …

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Jan 06

Exploring Downtown Abu Dhabi

Hey Solar Enthusiasts! This race will be covered by one of our newest team members, Annika Fredrikson. A junior at Principia College, Annika is a Math and Computer Science major and is actively involved with the college’s newspaper, The Pilot, the dance program, and now the Principia Solar Car team! Also on the team are …

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