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Jeremy Wright, 10/30/2014 09:08 pm


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Structures and Mechanisms Card Storming

Unsorted list of ideas

  • DIGITAL FABRICATION OF COMPONENTS AND MECHANISMS
  • AN OPEN PLATFORM OF STANDARDS (Like LEGOS)
  • PAYLOAD MOUNT FOR ARDUINOS
  • UPGRADED ELECTRONICS PAYLOAD STRUCTURES - LIKE FOR FIN-FACING CAMERAS
  • FABRICATION IN MAKERSPACES WITH LOCAL TOOLS
  • EXPERIMENT WITH DIFFERENT MATERIALS AND MANUFACTURING TECHNIQUES
  • SOFTWARE TOOLS - CODECAD AND OPENSOURCECAD (CADQUERY)
  • COLLAPSIBLE AND EXPANDABLE MECHANISMS (“ORAGAMI ROCKET”)
  • THE “BLACK BOX” FOR MODEL ROCKET (CHEAP, DURABLE, RECOVERABLE, LIKE www.carbonorigins.com)
  • HARDWARE TOOLS AND JIGS
  • SCALABLE PARTS, AND THE ASSOCIATED STANDARDS FOR USING THEM
  • SOFTWARE - STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS TOOLS (LIKE FEA, NASTRAN, etc.)
  • (linked to propulsion as well) PROPULSION TEST STAND STRUCTURE
  • (stretching outside the box a bit) SCALE MODEL OF A SIMULATED LAUNCH COMPLEX. FULL GROUND OPS SIMULATION
  • (linked in to aerodynamics as well) FIN DESIGN BASED ON J’S MASTERS THESIS (OPTIMIZING SUPERSONIC STRUCTURES TO PREVENT FLUTTER)
  • STRUCTURAL TESTING (DESTRUCTIVE OR OTHERWISE)
  • STRUCTURAL DESIGN BEST PRACTICES FOR MANUFACTURING, AND OPERATIONS, (AKA LIFECYCLE CONSIDERATION)
  • STRUCTURAL INTERACTIONS WITH THE GROUND SUPPORT EQUIPMENT
  • MATERIALS TESTING FORM AN ENVIRONMENTAL PERSPECTIVE (UV, THERMAL, (eventually) VACUUM
  • STRUCTURAL INCORPORATION OF A “MISSION OBJECTIVE” (like rube goldburg, or scientific experiment)
  • (linked to electrical/power) HOW TO INCORPORATE POWER STORAGE INTO STRUCTURAL COMPONENTS
  • ADDRESSING REUSABILITY CONCERNS WITH RESPECT TO STRUCTURAL COMPONENTS
  • HIGH-RELIABILITY RECOVERY SYSTEM (MECHANISMS)
  • (building on Legos idea) Modular model rocket kit (1 kit, several rockets; maybe based around NARTREK missions)
  • Structural Analysis software for both dynamic and static analysis
  • Launch Pad design/structures
  • Go extermely small size (Just how small can I get it?)
    • sharing files, etc
    • educational/entertainment
    • very open source
  • Evaluation/research of tools and machines required to build rockets at scale we are looking at -> Toolset analysis
  • Make sure the materials research covers non-obvious choices (to us at least) like composites, etc
  • Unconventional rockets, like rocket/jet-powered rotors

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