Our senior project was based around a NASA Micro-g NExT Design Challenge to design, build, and test a spacesuit attachment quick release system. It is comprised of two components: the utility belt component and the EVA tool component, which interface to secure the tool to the belt.
The Surface Autonomous Vehicle for Emergency Response (SAVER) is one of a variety of competitions held by NASA Micro-G Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams (Micro-G NExT). The purpose of SAVER is to locate and bring survival supplies to astronauts in the case of a maritime event (i.e. splash down after mission or an abort during launch). Our team focused on the body and payload portions of the vehicle, while our Navigation and Control team focused on the autonomous navigation aspect of the design.
The Lunar Sample Container Dispensing Device senior project was developed for participation in the 2021 NASA Micro-g NExT design challenge. The objective was to design, build, and test a device that will hold sample bags as they are being filled during lunar surface extravehicular activity (EVA) operations in NASA’s upcoming Artemis missions. Once complete, the device will be tested in NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Lab by professional divers, with the potential to become the baseline design for the actual mission hardware.
The SAVER: Navigation and Controls Team consists of team members Ethan Miller, Josephine Isaacson, Joshua Hoye, and Tyler Jorgensen.
The team designed, built, tested, and refined the method by which the SAVER autonomous supply delivery craft will locate and navigate to a distress beacon.
MUVI is a continuation senior project sponsored by the UC Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory. MUVI Phase III is the third Cal Poly senior project group to contribute to the project. The objective of MUVI Phase III was to design and test the instrumentation frame that would align and house the optical instruments critical to the mission. MUVI Phase III was not the conclusion of the project, but many significant design milestones were accomplished. Once complete, MUVI will be launched into outer space to capture images auroras in the ionosphere to help climate scientists better understand interactions between Earth and space weather.