High Altitude Balloon Payload Design Program (Summer 2011)

Program Overview

In this project, 6 female engineering students will work as part of an interdisciplinary project team to design a high altitude balloon payload. The payload will carry a radiation sensor that is being developed at MSU as part of a radiation tolerant computing research effort sponsored by NASA. The payload will be designed to adhere to the interface guidelines from the High Altitude Student Platform (HASP) balloon launch program that is jointly administered by the NASA Wallops Balloon Program Office and Louisiana State University for a future flight. At the end of the summer program, the payload will be test flown on a MSGC BOREALIS balloon platform to an altitude of 100,000 feet.

The payload will be designed and prototyped during an 8-week summer program at MSU-Bozeman during June and July. The female engineering students participating in this program will be exposed to working on an interdisciplinary project team adhering to the principles of systems engineering. Program Flyer

The Design Team 

Left to Right:

Laurie Smoot, Senior in Electrical Engineering
Tiffany Heetderks, Junior in Electrical Engineering
Katie Schipf, Junior in Mechanical Engineering
Lizzy Clem, Senior in Mechanical Engineering Technology
Steph Schielke, Senior in Computer Science
Rachael Luhr, Junior in Computer Science

Advisors

Left to Right:

Brock LaMeres, Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering
Hunter Lloyd, Faculty, Computer Science
Robb Larson, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering Technology
Angela Des Jardins, Director of the Montana Space Grant Consortium

Engineering Design Process

1. Project Definition & Planning

Mission Objective

  • To collect data from a custom radiation sensor in a high altitude environment

Budget

  • $450

Schedule

  • 8 Weeks, (6/6/11 - 7/29/11)

The Design Team

  • Laurie Smoot & Tiffany Heetderks : (Electrical System) 
  • Katie Schipf & Lizzy Clem : (Mechanical System) 
  • Steph Schielke & Rachael Luhr : (Computer System)

2. Requirements Definition & Engineering Specifications 

Functional Requirements:

  • log/store data from a custom radiation sensor while it is flown on a high altitude balloon
  • power the sensor and computer system
  • protect the system from environmental elements during flight
  • protect the system from impact upon landing
  • self monitor power system

Performance Requirements:

  • log data from sensor to provide sufficient information about the radiation environment
  • provide power for the duration of mission
  • store data on non-volatile memory that can be retrieved regardless of power failure
  • preserve data in the worst cast landing scenario (100k feet free fall, water, fire, animals)
  • be able to log power failures for sufficient analysis

Physical Requirements:

  • must fit in a 15 cm x 15 cm x 30 cm box.
  • must not exceed 2.72 kg
  • must mechanically and electrically interface to the BOREALIS and HASP system
  • must be able to withstand temperatures from -60 C to 60 C

Reliability Requirements:

  • must be able to be launched one time

3. Concepts Generation & Evaluation

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4. Critical Design (Product Design)

5. Final Assembly & Test

6. Product Launch

Design Documents

Internal Documents

External References

Systems Engineering Resources

 

Women in Engineering

"Women Model Series"

Objective:

Each week we will expose our design team to women working in STEM and/or in leadership roles in the STEM community.

Dr. Angela Des Jardins

Director, MT Space Grant Consortium 

Tuesday, 6/14/11 (EPS 258) 

 

Dr. Joey Key

Education Specialist, MT Space Grant Consortium 

Tuesday, 6/21/11 (EPS 258) 
 

Dr. Sarah Codd

Associate Professor
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

Tuesday, 6/28/11 (EPS 258)
 

Heidi M. Sherick

Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs and Diversity & 

Director of Engineering Minority Program (EMPower)

Tuesday, 7/12/11 (EPS 258) 
 

Dr. Martha Potvin

Provost & Vice President of Academic Affairs 

Montana State University

Tuesday 7/19/11 (EPS 108)
  

Dr. Waded Cruzado

President of the Montana State University System 

Thursday 7/29/11 (EPS 126)

"Women in Engineering & Physics Lunch Series"

Tuesday, 6/7/11. EPS 258

Topic: What type of personality type are you? 
Moderated by Angela Des Jardins, Joey Key, & Kathryn Williamson

Tuesday , 7/12/11 EPS 258

Topic: TBD 
Moderated by Angela Des Jardins, Joey Key, & Kathryn Williamson

 

Weekly Schedule

Day Date Engineering Design State Meetings & Activities
Week 1      
M 6/6    1. Project Definition & Planning 10:00am : Project Meeting, (ECE Conf Rm) 
02:00pm : Meeting with Sensor Team, (COB 542) 
03:00pm : Meeting with RC Team, (COB 542)
T 6/7    2. Requirements Definition 10:00am : Project Meeting, (ECE Conf Rm) 
12:00pm : Women in Engineering Lunch, (EPS 258) 
02:00pm : Tour of BOREALIS Lab with Berk Knighton (MSGC)
W 6/8    2. Requirements Definition 10:00am : Project Meeting, (ECE Conf Rm) 
02:00pm : Meeting w/ Jenny Hane on HASP/BOOREALIS Details (Lounge) 
 
R 6/9    3. Conceptual Design 09:30am : Project Meeting, (Lounge) 
10:30am : ME/MET Meeting w/ Adrien Lambert SolidWork Modeliing (Lounge) 
 
F 6/10    3. Conceptual Design 10:00am : Research Seminar, Dr. Alan George, Director of CHREC (EPS 108) 
   
Week 2      
M 6/13    3. Conceptual Design 10:00am : Project Meeting, (Lounge) 
02:00pm : NASA RC Telecon, (ECE Conf Rm) 
 
T 6/14    3. Conceptual Design 10:00am : Role Model Series #1 - Angela Des Jardins, (EPS 258) 
  
 
W 6/15    3. Conceptual Design 10:00am : Project Meeting, (Lounge) 
  
 
R 6/16    3. Conceptual Design 5:00am : Borealis Launch Observation 
  
 
F 6/17    3. Conceptual Design 10:00am : Project Meeting, (Lounge) 
 
 
Week 3      
M 6/20    3. Conceptual Design 10:00am : Preliminary Design Review (ECE Conf Rm) 
  
 
T 6/21    4. Critical Design 10:00am : Role Model Series #2 - Joey Key, (EPS 258) 
  
 
W 6/22    4. Critical Design 10:00am : Project Meeting, (Lounge) 
  
 
R 6/23    4. Critical Design 10:00am : Project Meeting, (Lounge) 
  
 
F 6/24    4. Critical Design 10:00am : Project Meeting, (Lounge) 
 
 
Week 4      
M 6/27    4. Critical Design 10:00am : Project Meeting, (Lounge) 
  
 
T 6/28    4. Critical Design 10:00am : Role Model Series #3 - Sarah Codd, (EPS 258) 
  
 
W 6/29    4. Critical Design 10:00am : Project Meeting, (Lounge) 
  
 
R 6/30    4. Critical Design 10:00am : Project Meeting, (Lounge) 
  
 
F 7/1    4. Critical Design 10:00am : Project Meeting, (Lounge) 
 
 
Week 5      
M 7/4    University Closed   
  
 
T 7/5    4. Critical Design 10:00am : Project Meeting, (Lounge) 
  
 
W 7/6    4. Critical Design 10:00am : Project Meeting, (Lounge) 
  
 
R 7/7    4. Critical Design 10:00am : Project Meeting, (Lounge) 
  
 
F 7/8    4. Critical Design 11:00am : Critical Design Review, (ECE Conf Rm.) 
 
 
Week 6      
M 7/11    5. Assembly & Test 10:00am : Project Meeting, (Lounge) 
  
 
T 7/12    5. Assembly & Test 10:00am : Role Model Series #4 - Heidi Sherrick, (EPS 258) 
12:00pm : Women in Engineering Lunch, (EPS 258) 
 
W 7/13    5. Assembly & Test 10:00am : Project Meeting, (Lounge) 
  
 
R 7/14    5. Assembly & Test 10:00am : Project Meeting, (Lounge) 
  
 
F 7/15    5. Assembly & Test 10:00am : Project Meeting, (Lounge) 
 
 
Week 7      
M 7/18    5. Assembly & Test   
  
 
T 7/19    5. Assembly & Test 10:00am : Role Model Series #5 - Provost Martha Potvin, (EPS 108) 
  
 
W 7/20    5. Assembly & Test   
  
 
R 7/21    6. Launch #1   
  
 
F 7/22    6. Debugging   
 
Week 7      
M 7/25    6. Debugging   
  
 
T 7/26    6. Debugging   
  
 
W 7/27    6. Debugging   
  
 
R 7/28    6. Debugging 9:00am : Role Model Series #6 - President Waded Cruzado, (EPS 126) 
  
 
F 7/29    6. Launch #2