This project is solving the ZERO GEE Bee – Your Friendly Neighborhood Drone challenge. Description
Our project aim is to create a realistic concept for an exterior and interior drone for a space station. We want to create zero gravity drones in a new style that helps for future mission objectives.
A zero gee bee is a drone that works in zero gravity. The challenge includes but are not limited to, propulsion systems, fuel systems and most importantly the safety of the NASA technicians.
The hardest part of the design is the propulsion systems. In the future maybe ion propulsion would work but we felt that for this project a working CO2 thruster system would be best. This system works similar to a jet pack with thrusters. One main reason for this would be to prevent damage to the interior of space station.
The next challenge is the actual material lists that we would have available to build the drones. The drone has been created as 3D model concept using the Unreal Engine to best convey our ideal design.
T.U.R.T.L.E - Totally Unreal Robot for Tactical Learning and Exploration.
T.U.R.T.L.E. is designed and simulated to be used anywhere, assist with moving items weighing up to (5 lb / ~2kg). The drone can function seamlessly in a zero g environment as well as terrestrial terrain environments.
T.U.R.T.L.E. is not only a drone. It is featured in two capacities for both interior and exterior depending on the application needed. The main drone functions as the brain which can be integrated to its second half. Both can be also be operation independently as well. Its second component would serve as a larger tool for various purposes one of which can include mechanical repairs to the space station and shuttles, much like a mobile tool box or cart fully equipped with all the necessary tools needed for any purpose.
T.U.R.T.L.E. drone's sensors include both passive and active sensors. Sensors will also have the ability to detect latitude, longitude, altitude, orientation, gravitational force, magnetic north, true north, gyroscope, ultrasound, pitch, yaw, rotation rate, emissions, speed, sound, smell, and camera and video feed. One other sensor that is also included is an Ice and water detection feature to help prevented potential damage to the space shuttles and stations. The drone is designed to facilitate any and all sensors needed to provide optimal feedback to NASA.
T.U.R.T.L.E. will have the capacity to be control by a hand-held controller or any mobile platform and voice communication. The advance AI CPU will have the ability to respond to user much like carrying on in conversation.
License: Reciprocal Public License 1.5 (RPL-1.5)
Source Code/Project URL: https://github.com/SeattleSpaceApps/TURTLE
Space shuttle Thermal Protection System (TPS) Materials Research and Design - http://www.m-r-d.com/wpr/our-work/thermal-protection-systems-tps/?hc_location=ufi
NASA-Thermal Protection System (TPS) and Materials - http://www.nasa.gov/centers/ames/research/humaninspace/humansinspace-thermalprotectionsystem.html?hc_location=ufi
Materials Used in Space Shuttle Thermal Protection Systems - http://www.azom.com/article.aspx?ArticleID=11443&hc_location=ufi
Space shuttle fuel cells recycled near Las Cruces - http://www.lcsun-news.com/las_cruces-news/ci_27589298/space-shuttle-fuel-cell-plates-recycled-near-las?hc_location=ufi
VIDEO - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68ADPnZ_gGE
T.U.R.T.L.E. Webpage - http://fmjgames.com/turtle-nasa-space-apps-challenge-2015-project/