P16102: RIT-SPEX Structure
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Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation

Table of Contents

Team Vision for Final Demo and Handoff

Plans for this phase

Final Design

This iteration produced a CubeSat that is, or is very close to, our final product. It represents the most recent iteration of the design.
CubeSat Design (5/4/16)

CubeSat Design (5/4/16)

New Ultem Parts

Stratasys agreed to re-print our parts with the correct design revision for free. These parts were received during this phase.
Ultem Parts (5/4/16)

Ultem Parts (5/4/16)

Rail Fabrication

The left and right rails are the only machined part of this CubeSat design to the beauty of 3D printing. These rails though have complicated geometry and tight tolerances, so documentation is supplied for the complete fabrication of the rails. The document can be found here Link. It includes fabrication of the deployment switch, and a walk-through for the anodizing process.

The Cubesat specification document has a condition that the rails can be either 6061 or 7071, but the rails have to be hard anodize. Due to the high quoted prices received ($300), and that it will not be going into a LV any time soon we determined that anodizing was not a good use of funds. Also the process of anodizing adds a thickness of ~0.0020-0.0024” which means the rails need to be machined under spec. See the rail fabrication document for documentation on how to get the rails anodized.

Test Results Summary

Bake Test

Test Plan

Results

CubeSat (4/31/16)

CubeSat (4/31/16)

CubeSat Bake Test (4/31/16)

CubeSat Bake Test (4/31/16)

Takeaways

The system can withstand high temperatures and not prematurely deploy or deform. This includes the fishing line which experienced no discernible creep.

Freeze Test

To confirm performance at the minimum temperature requirement of -40C, the CubeSat was exposed to extreme cold through the use of dry ice in a small insulated container. Successful deployment was demonstrated.

Test Plan

Results

Freeze Test Video

The CubeSat successfully deployed at a temperature below -40C. After inspection, no damage was found on the CubeSat structure from deployment at low temperature. The hot knife was severed during the test. It is unclear if this was due to a rapid temperature change or from tension from retention line release.

Takeaways

We are confident that our system will perform over the full designed temperature range.

Vibration Test (P16103)

Our CubeSat structure, with the mass analog inside, was vibrated according to the expected vibration profile of the launch vehicle. The vibration profile has not been verified by P16103.

Test Plan

Vibration Test Plan (5/4/16)

Vibration Test Plan (5/4/16)

Results

The CubeSat passed the test. No visible damage to the CubeSat was detected after vibration.

Video of Vibration Test

Takeaways

This vibration test was only preliminary but it supports our belief that our CubeSat will survive the vibration of launch.

Time to Remove Internals Test

To test our fulfillment of the customer requirement for easy removal of internals, we timed one of our members disassembling the CubeSat and removing the mass analog.

Results

The internals were completely removed after 180 seconds (3 minutes, 0 seconds).

Takeaways

We failed to meet the desired time to remove of 60 seconds. At this point in the design, we do not have the ability to significantly improve this time. We believe that a three minute disassemble time, though longer than requested, will not be more than a minor inconvenience to the operator. This is supported by the low importance (1 on a 1-3-9 scale) initially assigned to the requirement. We are comfortable with this and do not have any plans to change it.

Deployment Test

A deployment test with the new fishing line, Ultem design and spring configuration was run. Only one hot knife was used to test the redundancy of the system.

Test Plan

Table Top Deployment Test Plan (5/4/16)

Table Top Deployment Test Plan (5/4/16)

Results

The CubeSat passed the test. Deployment was immediate.

Video of Deployment

Takeaways

14lb fishing line in conjunction with the updated wire path is sufficient to cause deployment. Larger springs are not needed.

Risk and Problem Tracking

The use of 14lb fishing line in the design eliminates the problems we were having with deployment. The new line is strong enough to hold the panels in place and thin enough to slide easily out of it’s wire routing - even with the outdated hot plate design. Stratasys also sent us our current design revision for free this phase, closing out the problem of the wrong revision Ultem parts.

Current Revision of Problem Tracking (5/4/16)

Current Revision of Problem Tracking (5/4/16)

Due to the inherent risks of putting a satellite into orbit and the current lack of a thermal vacuum chamber at RIT, there are many high severity, low likelihood risks remaining that we are not able to reduce any further. Successful deployment tests on the final design have reduced the likelihood of a solar panel failing to deploy in orbit. We believe further deployment testing over the next week will eliminate this risk completely. Risks eliminated since the previous iteration of risk assessment are as follows: system is expensive to manufacture, design cannot be completed in required time frame, system will not be compact, budget will be too low, system mass will be too high, EM Radiation cause CubeSat to heat up too much, deploying panels dangerously alters flight dynamics and system cannot be disassembled easily. We expect further vibration testing over the coming week to eliminate the risk of the system being damaged by launch vibrations as well.

Current Revision of Risk Assessment (5/4/16)

Current Revision of Risk Assessment (5/4/16)

Bill of Materials

Below is our updated bill of materials. At this point, all of our parts have been ordered and received with the exception of some extra helicoils that were recently purchased. This B.O.M. reflects a change from 30lb to 14lb fishing line, the doubling of the amount of hinge springs used, the addition of Kapton tape and a helicoil installation tool, and the removal of acrylic as a solar panel mass analog. Not included in this table is approximately $150 spent on shipping parts that did not make it into the final design. This brings our total money spent to $350, well under our $1,500 limit.
Current Revision of B.O.M. (5/4/16)

Current Revision of B.O.M. (5/4/16)

Engineering Requirements

At this stage, almost all of our engineering requirements have been met. We failed the requirement of 60s disassemble time but be believe that the 180s disassemble time that we have will not be a major problem for the CubeSat's operator. Surviving P16103's vibration test remains unfulfilled as their test is just now being finalized. We believe the requirement will be met next week.
Status of ER (5/4/16)

Status of ER (5/4/16)

Technical Paper

Excerpt from Technical Paper (5/4/16)

Excerpt from Technical Paper (5/4/16)

Imagine RIT

Poster

Below is the poster that we will present at Imagine RIT. Our final MSD poster that we submit to be hung in the hallways will be in portrait landscape and have some minor updates based on events occurring over the next week.
Current Revision of Poster (5/3/16)

Current Revision of Poster (5/3/16)

Staffing Plan

We have assigned each team member a period of Imagine RIT in which they will staff our exhibit.

Anthony - setup and 9am-12pm

Paul - 2pm-3pm

Tristan - 12pm-3pm

Robert - 3pm-5pm and teardown

Standards Followed

The following standards were called on for the design and test of our CubeSat. The first two ensured that we would qualify for launch. The third ensured that we could interface with an arbitrary payload. The fourth ensured that our design had the proper strength.

• NASA LSP REQ 317 01 Revision B

• CubeSat Standard Revision 13

• Pumpkin PCB Standard

• ASTM D638-Tensile Testing (ULTEM Characterization)

Plans for Wrap-up

  1. Begin handoff, begin training, and finalizing an build design to the best of our abilities.
  2. Ensure 10 cycle test success
  3. HAB Test

Gannt Chart

Updated Gannt Chart (5/4/16)

Updated Gannt Chart (5/4/16)


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Technical paper

Final poster

Fabrication and Assembly Manuals

Final Bill of Materials

Copyright Form

Final Folder Structure (5/12/16)

Final Folder Structure (5/12/16)