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2016-2017 Senior Capstone Design Class


Summaries of the 2016-2017 Design Projects can be seen below.

CubeSat Attitude Determination & Control System

Sponsor: UMN, Demoz Gebre-Egziabher
Design goals:

  • The USAF EXACT program shall place a 3U CubeSat in orbit in order to observe solar activity
  • This team will develop and test an attitude determination and control system for EXACT
    • Must determine attitude within ±10°
    • Must have a pointing accuracy within ±25.8°
    • All systems should be tested as thoroughly as possible in a lab environment
    • Solar panels shall not be deployed for first 30 mins after separation from P-Pod
    • No attitude maneuvers for first 30 mins after separation from P-Pod

3U Cube Sat

High Power Rocket Team

Sponsor: NASA Minnesota Space Grant and UMN, James Flatten
Design goals:

  • Design and build adaptable single stage, dual deploy high-powered rocket
  • Major Objective: obtain highest altitude above 3000 ft. with minimum difference in apogee using two different class motors
  • Build a non-commercial data collection package
    • o Must sense and record direct measurements of velocity and altitude and store up looking and down looking video for each flight
  • Recover the rocket and relaunch within 1 hour after recovery

High Power Rocket

Low-Cost Range Extension for Munition

Sponsor: Orbital ATK, Shelly Uzpen and Joe Feigum
Design goals:

  • Increase effective range of M395 guided mortar rounds
    • Decrease risk to military personnel by increasing engagement distance
  • Avoid costly redesign of entire round
  • Complete sufficient analysis and testing to demonstrate design meets requirements
  • Update the cost and system impact analysis

Munition Mortar

RASC-AL Deep Space Airlock Design

NASA and National Institute of Aerospace and UMN, William Garrrard and John Weyrauch
Design goals:

  • Integrated with a deep space habitat by 2021
  • Key performance requirements
  • Minimum operation of 15 years
  • Accommodate an EVA rate of one 2-person, 8-hour every day for 3 consecutive days, for every 30 days
  • Failure and Warning Detection and Alarms
  • Maintenance needs, replacement parts addressed
  • Provide clear description of pre-/post-EVA and effects on equipment
  • Futureproof technology

Deep Space Airlock Design

Rocket Attitude Control

Sponsor: Liquid Propellant Rocket Design Team
Design goals:

  • Stay within vertical attitude of 20o until V = 45 ft/s
  • " Once above 45 ft/s, variation may be up to 45o
  • Rocket Thrust/Weight ~2
  • Takeoff thrust ~1000 N
  • Launch conditions: fair weather; crosswinds < 20 mph
  • Verifiable flight path angle for ground-operator for range safety

Rocket Attitude Control

SAE Aero Micro

Sponsor: Society of Aerospace Engineers and UMN, William Garrrard and John Weyrauch
Design goals:

  • Hand launch from launch circle within 60 seconds of timer
  • Fly around track, making two 180-degree turns
  • Touch down in landing zone
  • Must carry 1.5"x1.5"x5" payload that is fully enclosed
  • Aircraft must be carried in 6" diameter container
  • Must be electric powered, controlled by 2.4 GHz controller
  • Score maximized for design with highest payload fraction

SAE Aero Micro

Mapping Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

Sponsor: Sentera, Todd Colten
Design goals:

  • Efficiently map a farm field with vehicle's optical sensors
    • Hand launch and skid landing in field
    • Piloted takeoff and landing, automated flight for mapping field

Unmanned Aerial Vechical No. 1

View 1
  • Two airframe designs/configurations; MAV:Rick & MAV:Roll
  • Concept Demonstrator
    • Based on MAV:Rick
    • Simplified center body
    • Flown without avionics
    o Basswood elevons

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle No. 2

View 2

UTAS Ice Nozzle

Sponsor: United Technologies Aerospace Systems, Brian Matheis and Mac Whalen
Design goals:

  • Design and build ice crystal injection nozzle
    • Improve ice content uniformity across the test section of the UTAS Advanced Icing Wind Tunnel
  • Interface mechanically with the existing ice creation system
  • Ice water content (IWC) uniformity of ±20% of centerline value within ±4 inches of test section center
  • Repeatable IWC within ±10% at any given point
  • No significant impact on tunnel parameters when not in use
  • Performs for all operating conditions

UTAS Ice Nozzxle

Xcel Energy Inspection UAV 1

Sponsor: Xcel Energy, Scott Wambeke
Design goals:

  • Conduct inspections of indoor equipment via UAVs
  • Obtain high quality photographs and videos of equipment
  • Increase frequency of inspections and decrease costs
  • Weight < 2.5 kg and fit through 24"x24" door
  • ~20 minutes of flight time
  • 4+ Rotors, inspection lighting for camera, propeller guards, gimbal mounted HD camera
  • Altitude hold
  • Beyond line of sight flight

Excel Engery Inspection UAV No. 1

Xcel Energy Inspection UAV 2

Sponsor: Xcel Energy, Scott Wambeke
Design goals:

  • Vertical Take Off & Landing Multi-Rotor UAV
  • Obtain high quality photographs and videos of equipment
  • Increase frequency of inspections and decrease costs
  • Weight < 2.5 kg and fit through 24"x24" door
  • ~20 minutes of flight time
  • 4+ Rotors, inspection lighting for camera, propeller guards, gimbal mounted HD camera
  • Altitude hold
  • Beyond line of sight flight

Xcel Energy Inspection UAV 2


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