Team SYNERGY MOON will provide Team Original Gravity with a spot on the moon as well as numerous LEO (Low Earth Orbit) flights! SYNERGY MOON was co-founded in 2009 by Kevin Myrick (USA) and Nebojša Stanojević (Bosnia and Herzegovina). They represent a collaboration of individuals from over 15 countries and their numbers are growing. Their company growth plan involves both private sector funding and the unique inclusion of high-profile sponsorship opportunities. Their technological innovations will make space travel and personal satellite launches available to everyone.
Team Original Gravity’s apparatus was built to automate the fermentation process, and to monitor and send back data and results of the experiment. We designed our canister to keep the yeast and wort separate and connected by a valve. On our command, the valve will open, and allow the two to mix. Once the process begins, we will have pressure transducers monitoring the pressure inside the canister. From this, we will be able to back out the rate of fermentation. In the final design, there will also be an additional chamber to take optical measurements. By using light of a specific wavelength (think of this as a particular color), we can measure what chemical compounds are in the beer, making this another way to determine fermentation rate. The benefit of this second method is that we can make sure that we are in fact making alcohol, as this wavelength of light will be specific to alcohol.