Section : GM - MT - EL
This semester project would be aimed at designing and prototyping the second version of the Hold-Down and Release Mechanism (HDRM) for the solar panel deployment. Next to the general design of the mechanism this project also includes designing an arrangement that ensures the reliable cutting of a vectran wire with a nichrome wire heated by a current. The arrangement should be optimized to take up as little space as possible while being compatible with the current satellite design - i.e. a method to keep the arrangement in place within the satellite should be devised as well.
Gain a thorough understanding of the CHESS satellite's design, architecture, and the workings of the devised solar panel release mechanism.
Designing the 2nd version of the HDRM for the solar panel deployment
Design a new version of the HDRM that can be integrated to the current structure of the satellite, including all the mechanical elements at the interfacesDesign an arrangement that keeps the vectran wire and nichrome wire in place, and ensures reliable cutting of the vectran wire. Optimize this design to minimize space.
Documentation and Presentation:
Develop and archive the according documentation
Background and skills:
- Knowledge of mechanical design and manufacturing