This year’s project razor was to have 6 Degrees of freedom on the sphere and we are happy to say we did it! The Atlas prototype currently 6 degrees of freedom meaning we can rotate the sphere, and move the platform the sphere sits on, but not at the same time. The 6 degrees of freedom are as follows: yaw, pitch, and roll from the rotation of the sphere, and sway, surge, and heave from translation!
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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.