Is this project an undergraduate, graduate, or faculty project?

Undergraduate

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Authors' Class Standing

Jonathon Nadeau, Junior Ankit Rukhaiyar, Junior Francisco Pastrana, Senior Patrick Serafin, Senior

Lead Presenter's Name

Jonathon Nadeau

Faculty Mentor Name

Dr. Sergey Drakunov

Abstract

The Engineering Physics Propulsion Laboratory (EPPL) student team lead by Dr. Sergey Drakunov, has been working on the development of an Autonomous Reconfigurable Craft called the ARC. This spacecraft prototype features state of the art controllers and a reconfigurable, modular, and innovative design that allows for any component to be swapped out and accommodate many different specific mission requirements. Possible applications for the ARC include: interplanetary exploration, orbital missions, asteroid mining, deep space exploration, orbital construction, and as an educational remote platform. Current progress of the ARC includes the construction and testing of an attitude control platform in the EPPL high pressure test chamber. Other systems being develop include: main propulsion, vision interpretation, solar panel deployable system, landing gear system, robotic arms for sample manipulation, and a Nano-satellite deployment system.

Did this research project receive funding support (Spark or Ignite Grants) from the Office of Undergraduate Research?

Yes, Ignite Grant

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ERAU ARC – Autonomous Reconfigurable Craft (Spacecraft Prototype)

The Engineering Physics Propulsion Laboratory (EPPL) student team lead by Dr. Sergey Drakunov, has been working on the development of an Autonomous Reconfigurable Craft called the ARC. This spacecraft prototype features state of the art controllers and a reconfigurable, modular, and innovative design that allows for any component to be swapped out and accommodate many different specific mission requirements. Possible applications for the ARC include: interplanetary exploration, orbital missions, asteroid mining, deep space exploration, orbital construction, and as an educational remote platform. Current progress of the ARC includes the construction and testing of an attitude control platform in the EPPL high pressure test chamber. Other systems being develop include: main propulsion, vision interpretation, solar panel deployable system, landing gear system, robotic arms for sample manipulation, and a Nano-satellite deployment system.

 

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