The 2016-2017 CUSP Team will be presenting their Preliminary Design Review (PDR) on April 1, 2017 at Carleton University. The PDR will showcase the key work done by the CUSP team throughout the term. All are welcome to view the presentation, which will begin at 1:30 pm.
The PDR is an annual tradition of CUSP, and is the last major milestone of the term. It enables the CUSP team to interact with industry professionals, former CUSP members, and the public in an informative seminar. Anyone interested in learning about CUSP, and meeting the 2016-2017 team is strongly encouraged to attend!
On March 3, 2017, the CUSP team enjoyed the opportunity to visit the TRU Simulation Centre in St Laurent, Quebec. TRU provided the CUSP team with presentations about their company, an international industry leader in commercial aviation simulation training. A tour of the facility was undertook, which included seeing inside their state-of-the-art flight simulators, and demonstrations. The CUSP team presented a brief overview of the Atlas Sphere to TRU Simulation.
The CUSP Team was thrilled to partake in this awesome experience; visiting TRU Simulation gave the CUSP students exposure into an industry-leading organization, and their fantastic flight-simulators. Hopefully this rewarding opportunity can be experienced by future CUSP teams.
With the 2016-2017 term quickly approaching its conclusion, the CUSP team members are sprinting to the finish line to complete their individual tasks, striving to accomplish a common objective, the year’s project razor, ‘Stop, Drop, and Roll‘. By the end of the term, the CUSP team has set the goal of having complete control of the 6-DOF full scale Atlas Sphere. And although the project remains on schedule, some major milestones still have to be met before complete control of the sphere can be attained.
The Control Team is diligently configuring communications between the system’s controllers, sensors, and actuators. Careful design here is critical to ensure safe and reliable flight simulations.
The Sphere Team is strategically assessing and renovating the inside of the Atlas Sphere. This includes rewiring the inner hardware components, implementing an emergency stop, installing hatch doors, as well as weighing all of the Sphere’s components to respect the system’s load constraints.
The Actuation Team has determined that the Sphere’s Platform needs to be re-engineered before any simulations can take place. Facing a compressed schedule, the Actuation Team is forced to maximize their organizational efforts to redesign, manufacture, and install the new Atlas Sphere Platform. The team is hoping to accomplish this tall task within the next few weeks.
Under the command of the Lead Engineers, and fuelled by the high hopes of stopping, dropping, and rolling the Atlas Sphere before the end of the 2016-2017 term, the CUSP Team is firing on all cylinders.
Seung (David) has been hard at work finishing the projection screen for the simulator!
While much of the manufacturing is being done in the Carleton Department of Engineering machine shop, some of the larger and more complex components are also being contracted out to external manufacturers. It as always exciting when one of these parts is completed.
William Mcnair is overjoyed to receive the aluminum rings that will reinforce the entry and egress hatches in the cockpit sphere.
On February 28, the CUSP project team took a full-day trip to Montreal. The first half of the day was spent at the Centre for Intelligent Machines lab at McGill University, where a variety of innovative design work is being carried out in a wide spectrum of fields and applications. CUSP would like to thank the Centre for hosting us, as well as the many professors and graduate students who demonstrated their projects to us.
Nathan Schut tries out a haptic feedback device, while Kyle Cantal looks on.
In the afternoon, CUSP was fortunate to visit Mechtronix, a flight simulator company based out of Montreal. The team was given a guided tour of the factory floor, and even permitted to fly scenarios in two high-fidelity simulator platforms.
Bradley Jung and Jacek Kahn prepare to land a passenger jet in one of Mechtronix’ Class D simulator platforms.
The project team is extremely grateful to Mechtronix for this opportunity to explore the industry side of flight simulation.
The 2013-2014 CUSP project team standing beneath an unfinished simulator on the Mechtronix factory floor.
The Atlas simulator cockpit sphere is oriented through the use of mecanum wheels. The rollers in these wheels are composed of polyurethane, a material with poorly characterized response to loading. CUSP member Zack Copeland is performing original research on the material’s behavior. In the image below, the deformation of a prototype roller is being tested.
The following image shows the imprint left on the surface of the sphere when the roller is loaded with 1500 pounds of force.