P18351: Sandia Passive Vacuum Detection Team A


Project Summary Project Information

Team N.A.M.A.S.Te has been charged with developing a passive vacuum detection switch for Sandia National Laboratories. This switch will fulfill a crucial role in the activation system of a missile upon experiencing near-space vacuum conditions on path toward an asteroid. Current vacuum detection switches used for such purposes tend to employ electronic activation systems that may be more vulnerable to hacking or the intense conditions of Earth’s upper atmosphere. Therefore, the switch must function entirely mechanically to close only a basic electrical channel.

The end deliverable for team N.A.M.A.S.Te is a functional passive vacuum detection switch meeting all customer requirements listed within the problem definition node. The switch must be highly reliable and will likely be the first of its kind used for the activation of a missile. At the end of MSD, the switch will be tested on a sounding (research) rocket to verify its capability.

The project readiness package and project "bonanza" document contain the initial information received regarding this project.

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Project Name
Sandia Passive Vacuum Detection Switch
Project Number
Project Family
Automated Systems and Controls
Start Term
End Term
Faculty Guide
Vincent Burolla and Christian Leibfried
Primary Customer
Nick Leathe
Sponsor (financial support)
Sandia National Laboratories

Team Members

From Left to Right: Aaron Jamison [ME], Brady Hrabovsky [ME], Kyle Bergeron [ME], David Pawlush [ME]

From Left to Right: Aaron Jamison [ME], Brady Hrabovsky [ME], Kyle Bergeron [ME], David Pawlush [ME]

Member Role Contact
Kyle Bergeron Project Lead kxb3523@rit.edu
Aaron Jamison Facilitator axj2466@rit.edu
David Pawlush Communicator dxp6470@rit.edu
Brady Hrabovsky Lead Engineer bsh8645@rit.edu

Work Breakdown: By Phase


Planning & Execution

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Problem Definition

Systems Design

Preliminary Detailed Design

Detailed Design

Subsystem Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation (Verification & Validation)