Image of cycloid gearbox prototype

Cycloidal Gearboxes

Space Team VP of Engineering, Seamus Woodward-George, assembled the last of his Cycloidal Drive gearboxes this week.

The gearboxes took months of design work and multiple 3D printed and laser cut acrylic prototypes (shown in the video below) to perfect.

The production gearboxes were machined out of solid aluminum by the UofS Engineering Shops and perform excellently with our brushless motors.

(Image and Video Credit: Danno Peters)

Rocket Launch 2016

20161029_153146-dsc_7464_00001Our rocketry project ended with much excitement, as the groups tested their custom designed rockets on the launch pad.

RLee (from the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering) demonstrated his large and multistage model rockets which were a joy to watch.

Thank you to the Create Cafe 3D Printing, Express Hobbies, and the Hub City Radio Control Club for making our rocketry project possible.

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3D Printed Rockets 2016

Rocket Assembly

The parts for our 3D printed rockets arrived from Create Cafe this week and our new members began assembling them today. They have learned a lot about the importance of dimensioning and the advantages of rapid prototyping.

Stay tuned for the launch next week! (weather dependent)

Image Credits: Danno Peters

Rocket Building 2016

 

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Coding Workshop 2016

Electrical Team Lead, Carl Hofmeister, lead a great coding workshop for our new members this weekend. The new members are learning how to program data loggers for their rockets.

Image Credits: Danno Peters

CodingWorkshop2016

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the UofS Space Design Team!

We are greatful for all the the community and industry support we have and continue to receive!

Enjoying the fall colours with the 2015 European Rover Challenge champion!

Enjoying the fall colours with the 2015 European Rover Challenge champion!

URC 2015 Critical Design Review Video

As a part of URC 2015, there will be a limit on the number of teams that can participate due to logistical challenges faced in last year’s competition. The final milestone before the competition the team must pass before competition is to complete the critical design review. One aspect of this is a video that demonstrates the progress of the team on its design and construction. Check out our video submission!

2015 Rover Design – In wheel motors

Kicking off the video series with multiple videos! This video discusses the in wheel motors designed this year. For those that were not following the team last year, we had an unfortunate mishap in the terrain traversing challenge at the URC in which one motor was no longer rigidly attached to the frame, and another entirely separated from the gearbox and wheel it was driving. While the team was able to rapidly fix the rover in order to complete some more of the challenge. This years design features in wheel motors, and new rocker-bogie arms that minimize the exposure to the elements, rocks, and other anything it could potentially impact. But for more details, check out this video!