Self-inflating Adaptive Membrane (developed at the Advanced Space Concepts Laboratory / University of Strathclyde), a new concept of a modular deployable multi-functional structure that can adapt itself to various mission conditions.
Thursday, 10 May 2012
Micropumps are working under ambient conditions
The breadboard electronics for the micropumps (Bartels
Mikrotechnik GmbH) was build last week and a first test was carried out at
ambient conditions with water to prove the functionality of the microcontroller
and the pumps. The tests were fully successful. Currently the team is in
preparation for testing the capabilities of the pumps in vacuum conditions.
This test will be carried out next week at the physics lab here at Strathclyde.
Two of SAM’s inflatable sphere will be connected by a micropump to investigate
the volume changing capabilities which will enable SAM’s adaptability.