We prepared a shpw for our audiemce. We decided to exclude the graphene from our actual presentation, because we could not, we felt, succifiently justify the use of graphene in the ssmart mesh.
However, the judges were understandably interested in in because we mentioned it in our short pitch yesterday. I think everybodyd did well and I am proud of our team's skills to improvise.
It has been great to meet all these people and see what others came up. After the stress of the presentation we were once again pushed against the wall when we had to summarise our ideas to the press.... How very stressfull!
As mentioned, astronaut safety is our utmost importance. Naturally we hope that the technology we gave introduced could be used as a solution in a variety of issues, but we have to start from somewhere.
Today, International Space Station (ISS) remote manipulator arms are
used to inspect the ISS and visiting vehicles for Micro-Meteoroid and
Orbital Debris (MMOD). However, using them is slow and requires an astronaut, that could be doing asomething else.
Extended Usage and its values:
Automation of Windmill maintenance.
Crack and leakage detection in chimney.
In Power stations to identify the structural damages in Pylons.
To avoid the constructional damages in building construction.
Below is the way, IR will help to find the first level of damage detection in Space shuttle.
We are adding the IR sensor in SpaceBall to identify the intensity of radiation by passing IR rays with help of IR LED around the shuttle to find out the damages.
Also when the objects hit the shuttle, in that position its emits different band of infrared. So, it’s added advantage to find the position of the damage in shuttle.
IR sensors are widely used in variety of application and it uses less power consumption.
Jarmo is making a wonderful 30 sec video. He looks angry and frustrated.
Looking forward to seeing it.
We have very little time till the pitch... We are screwed.
In the pitch, after which we found out that everything we had was already invented, we were also asked to think, how could we utilise Space-Earth connection.
Vinoth looked into it! Here is his controbution:
Usage of Space Ball from Space to Earth: -
Our aim is to monitor the structure of the shuttle and increase the safety features. In the same manner, we can monitor all the structures which are not managed by humans.
Below is the extended usage of Space Ball.
* We can regularly monitor the damages of bridges, Pylons, Towers, Tallest buildings, Dam walls and its shutters, Nuclear power plant reactors, aircraft pylons, Wifi-baloon called loon etc.
By regular monitoring of damages/ changes in structures, we can achieve the longer life span and increasing the safety.
The Smart Mesh technology will be using a coordinate system to roughly tell which heat shield plates specifically were damaged. Each heat shield plate will have its own coordinates in the system.
I tried to suggest that we could use the new material, graphene in our project. It it still quite expensive, but there have been some research that it would work inb space conditions.
We could utilise it in Smart Mesh (if we wanted to make a good proper, durable net but probably make a cheaper Ikea version....) and the Spaceball itself. The space debris is a massive issue and causes a lot of damage to the shuttles. How will our little ball survive it? What do we know about graphene?
Graphene was found by two Russian guys who in 2010 received a Nobel price for it. You can look into it at the UoM website: https://www.graphene.manchester.ac.uk/about/faqs/.
However, ‘Graphene’ is the name for a honeycomb sheet of carbon atoms. It is the
building block of graphite — pencil lead — and is an incredibly strong
and conductive material. It can be used in a wide range of applications,
from aerospace engineering to digital electronics and biomedicine.
What is important for us is, that graphene is the strongest known material, yet it’s also stretchy. It can
conduct electricity and heat incredibly well, but is only a single atom
thick. This would be an ideal material to use in space.
Let's see if the boys pick it up,,,,,,.......
The technologies we will use in our solution will (roughly) be:
THE SPACEBALL: the unmanned, autonomous robot scanner that is powered by liquid nitro glyserene and utilizes IR and 3D vision in scanning the images. How does it know, where the damage is?
The SMART MESH, a net of low voltage, printed electronics that can be bent and twisted. On the top of Smart mesh we will have a OOBLECK PILLOW, that will harden upon impact and return to its liquid form right after. Some of the oobleck will leak out as a pack up system, making sure the damage is noticed.
The signal from the Smart Mesh goes directly to ISS and our little spaceball. The ball then floats to the damage site, scans it by using 3D vision and IR technologies. It will pack the data and send it to ISS and Earth.
We are project SpaceBall. Me (Emmi, Ville, Jarmo and Vinoth are trying to improve astronaut safety. So far we have had great ideas... Which have all been invented. This hasn't left us a whole lot of time to solve the problem we were given but at least we have something.
The unmanned, autonomous scanner and the smart mesh we came up with have both already been invented and are either being used or tested in space. We think these are still something we could use but with a new twist....
SpaceApps is a NASA incubator innovation program.