Title

Design of the Docking System for the Missouri Satellite Project

Presenter Information

Yezad Anklesaria

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

Yezad Anklesaria holds a degree in mechanical engineering with a two year experience in design and development of products in industry. His experiences are in shop floor management, forklift design & most recently unmanned aerial vehicle design.

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 Steve McDonald

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Design of the Docking System for the Missouri Satellite Project

Ozark Room

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.