Once again, Team A+ members split up to complete the many projects they had taken on. The first group worked on Galileo, preparing the tower pieces for repainting. While two students worked on sandblasting the metal pieces, two other students struggled to straighten the iron beams that had sustained damage. This proved quite a challenge, but sweat and muscle and determination prevailed.
While some group members were working on the metal pieces used for Galileo, other members operated on the throttle and controller for the electric motorcycle. After a successful dry run using light bulbs and a 50K potentiometer, heavy gauge wires were used to replace the thinner wires used for the bench test. This replacement is necessary to enable the connection of the motorcycle motor to the controller. This motor draws a lot of amps. The size of a wire is correlated to the amount of current it can carry.
Another task worked on by Team A+ was creating a prototype mount on the bike for securing the motor, batteries and controller. This task included carving different pieces of wood that would help secure the motor, batteries and controller.
The final task on June 8th, 2010 was rebuilding and testing the front braking system. After connecting the brake lines and refilling the brake fluid, the pistons appeared to be seized with rust. One volunteer will work on this problem exclusively until it is solved. After all, safely stopping the motorbike is as important as running it.