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 teams will submit two tool designs; one for a test campaign at the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) facilities, executed by the NEEMO Team, and one to the Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Team (Micro-g NExT) competition, 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: Evan Wieczorek

Faculty Advisor: Tomas Gonzalez-Torres

Technical Advisors: Tim Cullinan & Tomas Gonzalez-Torres

Micro-g is structured into three different teams:

 

PROJECT ORGANIZATION

 

Pictured (Left to Right, Top to Bottom):  Evan Wieczorek, Kathryn Spierings, Daniel Partida, Ty Sandene, Dakota Fouts, Trevor Lyon, Kaiser Aguirre, Justin Stein, Jeremy Hayhurst, Matthew Webb, Joshua Simac, Jacob Thompson, Tyler Hoppe, Hunter Scott, Justin Trenkamp, Bryce Miles, James LaPorta

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 2018-19 calendar years, the team hopes to submit a proposal, and have that proposal be accepted, to NASA’s Micro-g NExT Design Challenge, as well as create hardware to be used at the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations’ (NEEMO) facility.

Scope

Micro-g designs and constructs tools for a micro-gravity environment to be used and tested in NASA facilities. After the initial proposals are accepted for the NASA Micro-g NExT and NEEMO test campaigns, we will further develop our two EVA tools to be reviewed and critiqued by NASA and our technical advisers. After successfully showing the capabilities of our tools, we will have two separate teams head to Houston, Texas and Key Largo, Florida 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 a proposal, and have the proposal accepted by NASA, for an EVA Camera Mount to the Micro-g NExT design competition. Through this NASA competition, our team will brainstorm, design, and analyze a possible camera mount for the International Space Station
  • Create a prototype for suit mounted, tool-carrying hardware for the xEMU spacesuit. This prototype will be used to analyze our design and will serve as our primary demonstration for our Preliminary Design Review with the NASA NEEMO Personnel. 
  • Hold a minimum of three outreach activities during the 2018-19 schoolyear with local youth organizations/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 the summer of 2019.
  • Design and Manufacture Suit Mounted Tool Carrying Hardware for the xEMU spacesuit. This hardware will be tested on NEEMO expedition 23 during the summer of 2019.

Timeline