IOWA STATE'S MICRO-GRAVITY

TOOL DEVELOPMENT TEAM

Micro-g
Micro-g

OUR MISSION

Micro-g’s mission is to develop tools for NASA which will be used in a micro-gravity environment. The team submitted a tool design for the Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Team (Micro-g NExT) challenge, executed by the Design & Manufacturing and Prototyping & Test Teams. The end goal is to generate new technology that will be used in future spaceflight missions, having a significant impact on the world of manned spaceflight.

MEET OUR TEAM

Project Lead: Ty Sandene

Faculty Advisor: Tomas Gonzalez-Torres

Technical Advisors: Tim Cullinan & Tomas Gonzalez-Torres

NASA Mentor: Jessica Tramaglini

Micro-g is structured into two different teams:

 

Project Organization

 

 

 

People (Left to Right; Top to Bottom) Justin Stein, Ty Sandene, Jeremey Hayhurst, Tyler Hoppe, Danny Partida, Dakota Fouts, Bryce Miles, Katerina Connelly, James LaPorta, Trevor Lyon, Jacob Thompson

 

 

 

Diving Deeper...

Project Breakdown

Objectives

The objective of Micro-g is to brainstorm, test, and design micro-gravity tools to be used by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. For the remainder of the 2018-19 calendar year, the team hopes to submit the Test Equipment Data Package (TEDP), complete the Test Readiness Review (TRR), and test the EVA Camera Mount at NASA’s Micro-g NExT Design Challenge at the Johnston Space Center.

Scope

Micro-g designs and constructs tools for a micro-gravity environment to be used and tested in NASA facilities. Now that the EVA Camera Mount is accepted for the NASA Micro-g NExT Challenge, we will further develop our EVA tool to be reviewed and critiqued by NASA and our technical advisers. After successfully showing the capabilities of our tools in the TEDP, the team will head to Houston, Texas for our test campaigns with NASA. After the test campaigns, the team will document all lessons learned and new technologies developed to be forwarded to NASA.

Goals

– Short Term –

  • Submit the Test Equipment Data Package, Proof of Concept Video, and pass Micro-g NExT Design Challenge Test Readiness Review of the EVA Camera Mount. Through this NASA challenge, our team will brainstorm, design, and analyze a possible camera mount for the International Space Station
  • Hold youth outreach activities at Edwards, Fellows, and Meeker Elementary Schools. These outreach activities will promote STEM careers and the positive promotion of NASA’s mission.

– Long Term –

  • Design and Manufacture an EVA Camera Mount to be tested at the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory in Houston, Texas in May of 2019.
  • Have NASA accept and fly our EVA Camera Mount design in future missions/EVA walks. 

Timeline