Title

Design of the Docking System for the Missouri Satellite Project

Presenter Information

Steven McDonald

Department

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Major

Aerospace Engineering

Research Advisor

Pernicka, Hank

Advisor's Department

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Funding Source

Missouri S&T Opportunities for Undergraduate Research Experiences (OURE) Fellows Program

Abstract

The Missouri Satellite team (M-SAT) is working toward the design and launch of a microsatellite pair that explores the dynamics of autonomous close formation flight. The securing and release of the satellite pair is mission-critical, creating a need to design a dependable separation system. The objective of this research is to develop a low-cost separation system that is successful in securing and deploying the spacecraft, while meeting the many design and team constraints. A trade study was used in an interdisciplinary approach to facilitate the identification of a balanced selection of a release mechanism using numerical representations of the design criteria. A Separation Interface was then designed for the chosen mechanism. These results are a key milestone in the M-SAT design process and are an example of how careful selection of a release mechanism and robust structural analysis can yield a low-cost alternative to typical high-cost separation methods.

Biography

Steve McDonald has experience from a research course taken during the spring of 2007 at Missouri State University. His research included, among others, a persuasive research paper regarding former president Bush's plan for space exploration, a research paper on the accuracy of the film Apollo 13, a research paper on the struggle in Darfur, and an annotated bibliography and bibliographical essay on Rocketdyne's linear aerospike engine.

Research Category

Engineering

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Document Type

Presentation

Award

Engineering oral presentation, Third place

Location

Ozark Room

Presentation Date

08 Apr 2009, 10:00 am - 10:30 am

Comments

Joint project with Yezad Anklesaria

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Design of the Docking System for the Missouri Satellite Project

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The Missouri Satellite team (M-SAT) is working toward the design and launch of a microsatellite pair that explores the dynamics of autonomous close formation flight. The securing and release of the satellite pair is mission-critical, creating a need to design a dependable separation system. The objective of this research is to develop a low-cost separation system that is successful in securing and deploying the spacecraft, while meeting the many design and team constraints. A trade study was used in an interdisciplinary approach to facilitate the identification of a balanced selection of a release mechanism using numerical representations of the design criteria. A Separation Interface was then designed for the chosen mechanism. These results are a key milestone in the M-SAT design process and are an example of how careful selection of a release mechanism and robust structural analysis can yield a low-cost alternative to typical high-cost separation methods.