ISU Team Mercury Updates

See our rayce photos here

We appear in some of Minnesota's photos, too:  Status boardWednesday niteStartIn the background.  Thanks!

Click here to see a video of the start of the rayce. The ISU Mercury II car is the one in the foreground at the beginning of the video.

June 5, 2009 8:58 PM Final Results

 
Position
Team #
Team
Car Name
Day 1 Laps
Day 2 Laps
Day 3 Laps
Fastest Lap
Total Laps
1
35
U. of MN
Centaurus
169
152
166
2:20
487
2
3
U. of KY
Gato del Sol III
109
138
146
2:33
393
3
11
Northwestern
SC5
124
102
145
2:58
371
4
24
U. of Waterloo
Midnight Sun IX
135
104
127
2:53
366
5
5
Illinois State U.
Mercury II
77
125
108
3:20
310
6
32
New Palz
SUNYHAWK
63
99
126
2:53
288
7
9
Iowa State
Sol Invictus
0
47
157
2:54
204
8
88
UT - Austin
Samsung Solorean
34
88
77
2:31
199
9
254
CalSol
Gold Rush
0
23
44
3:00
67

* Kansas State University and Michigan State withdrew from the race.

This was really big step forward for ISU since the team completed nearly as many miles in three days this year that they did in 9 days in 2005. In many respects, the driving conditions were much harder on the car this year because the closed track required the car to spend much of the time in a turn, which causes much stress on the car.

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June 4, 2009 2:30 pm

80 laps and counting.  One wheel is destroyed, so we have no spares left; hope the remaining three take us through tomorrow.

 

June 4, 2009 12:30 pm

Second Rayce Day - lots of sun

We've made 60 laps so far and are hoping for 70 more today.  We're currently running in 4th or 5th place and only 2 laps behind Northwestern and Kentucky.  If we only look at today, we'd be running second behind Minnesota!

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June 3, 2009 11:16 pm

First Rayce Day...a Great Success

Despite having some early problems with our rear view camera and umbilical not making proper connections; we managed to race a full 7.5 hours on the first day, completing 77 laps (130 miles). The two and a half hours we missed due to problems were sunny, and unfortunately we could have averaged 4.5 minute laps, or 35 more laps. This would have given us 190 miles traveled. The weather was poor all day, so we were averaging about 500 Watts from our solar array. We did manage to pull 1175 Watts at full sun, but the clouds kept greater progress from happening.

June 3, 2009 1:30 pm

The rearview camera died and we lost an hour and a half locating and installing mirrors to take its place.  The car has made about 40 laps so far, at 1.7 miles per lap.  Other teams are having issues as well and it's not so easy to tell how we compare at this point.

June 3, 2009 9:30 am

The rayce has begun.

The team is on the track and raycing. After just a couple of laps, we had an electrical problem that has since been resolved. That cost about 20 minutes, but we are back on the track and running about 30 mph. There are nine teams on the track at this point. A couple of the teams are slowing down and struggling a bit so that works in our favor. Minnesota is "flying" around the track: no surprise about that (they came in a close second in last year's NASC rayce from Dallas to Calgary).

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June 1, 2009 7:43 pm

Qualified!

Great news!
We qualified Monday at 6:00 p.m. for the Formula Sun Grand Prix, securing the #2 poll position! The only team qualifying ahead of us was Minnesota. This is a huge step forward for the organization and a great demonstration of the hard work we put in this year.

June 1, 2009 3:30 pm

All of the dynamics tests are passed.  The only things that remain to pass are the electrical issues: (1) an impedence problem, and (2) the camera issue, which hasn't been fully resolved.  The team expects these can be fixed later today or tomorrow morning, so full qualification is expected tomorrow.

June 1, 2009 2:00 pm

Almost passed scrutineering!

The team phoned in that they have passed most of the tests with flying colors: including mechanical system, body and sizing, solar array, and some of the dynamics tests. There were two issues with the electrical system, which will be resolved today or tomorrow morning. In one part of the electrical system, they needed to replace some 6 gauge wire with 4 gauge wire. Also, their backup camera was configured to operate from an auxillary pack. The rules, however, require that the camera be run from the power generated by the solar array/battery system. This problem was resolved by placing an appropriate resistor at one of the outputs of the DC-DC convertor. Finally, they were given a blue, instead of green, for their tail lights. They were deemed too dim for a cross-country race, but adequate for the track race.