As delayed as this might be, it would appear the mechanical nature of the project is near completion. Mirrors are mounted, tilting is possible though unable to be stuck. The overall weight of the the tilt is a force to be reckoned with, unfortunately. With any luck though, our tilt mechanism should be here today for final work. This would be an exciting and important milestone for me. While everything has not turned out in a way that I would wish, it has turned out in a way that is acceptable for proof of concept, which is effectively what this is.
I'm a recent graduate from the Baskin School of Engineering at UC Santa Cruz, and have been taking the summer off to travel and see a bit more of the world before I return to enter into a doctoral program.