Highlights for 07/31/09

star cluster
star cluster

Emmett Quigley (Astrophysics Branch)
AIDL Highlights

The Code S AIDL (Airborne Instrument Development Laboratory) has had an exciting past few weeks. Here are some highlights of our activities.

Emmett Quigley (AIDL) and Fred Witteborn (Ames Chronograph) have worked together to design the Kinematics Support for the optical table to be used in the next phase of ACE. The components of the system are complete and Emmett Quigley, Lead Technician of the AIDL is working on the remaining components of the Active Cooling Phase of ACE. Installation should start in early Sept ’09.

 

Spherical Mounts being machined
Spherical Mounts being machined

Spherical Mounts being machined

Close up of Spherical Mounts and attachment points
Close up of Spherical Mounts and attachment points

Close up of Spherical Mounts and attachment points

Complete set of Kinematics Support Hardware
Complete set of Kinematics Support Hardware

Complete set of Kinematics Support Hardware

Ryan Walker (AIDL) has just completed EXES CCD Platform. Ryan used the Deckel Maho DMU 70 V to manufacture this precision piece of optical hardware in two- set ups. This is the best example and the first of many to come of hardware that this newest edition to our inventory will enable us to produce.

Ryan also was instrumental in producing, in short order, ten sample holders for OREO S’s upcoming environmental tests. In addition Ryan and Emmett provided design input to Nathan Brammel’s design and completed the OREO S glove box ahead of schedule.

EXES CCD Platform being machined in the Deckel MAHO DMU &0V . This picture shows the side of the part being machined in a special fixture and using the machines 4th and 5th axis positioning.
EXES CCD Platform being machined in the Deckel MAHO DMU &0V . This picture shows the side of the part being machined in a special fixture and using the machines 4th and 5th axis positioning.

EXES CCD Platform being machined in the Deckel MAHO DMU &0V . This picture shows the side of the part being machined in a special fixture and using the machines 4th and 5th axis positioning.

Completed CCD Platform
Completed CCD Platform

Completed CCD Platform

Prototype CCD Platform installed in EXES
Prototype CCD Platform installed in EXES

Prototype CCD Platform installed in EXES

Emmett and Ryan also designed and built the Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting experiment for Luis Carlos Cruz a summer intern working with Code S.

Emmett Quigley (AIDL) in conjunction with Jhony Zavaleta (SST) and Jesse Fusco (REE) has completed the preparations for a full-scale test of Dr Carol Stoker’s Mars Drill. The first dry run could happen in early August. The preparations for this drill include but are not limited to the complete redesign and fabrication of the air injection system as well as the control wire/cable support structure. The drill was also serviced with new orings and other hardware. An assembly/disassembly document was also produced.

Forward portion of MARS Srill with new air injection system installed
Forward portion of MARS Srill with new air injection system installed

Forward portion of MARS Srill with new air injection system installed

The AIDL Team is extremely busy in support of ACE, EXES, Alpha Jet, OREO S, Aero 3X, as well as others. Life is good.

Liza Coe (Planetary Systems Branch)

Chris McKay, Liza Coe and Henry Sun (DRI) were selected for award of an education supplement for “Spaceward Bound Mojave 2010 and 2011.” The ROSES parents proposals are “Biological accumulation of D-amino acids in endolithic microbial communities” (PI: Henry Sun, DRI) and “Raman UV/Fluorescence for Planetary Protection Bioburden Monitoring” (PI: Chris McKay). For each year of the parent awards, we will select a team of 15 STEM in-service teachers to work with scientists as field assistants during a one-week expedition to the Mojave Desert and Death Valley, operating from the Zzyzx field station. Spaceward Bound expeditions are motivated by the following line of reasoning: A teacher who has performed authentic science research will be better prepared to develop pedagogy and curriculum related to scientific exploration in his or her own classroom. He/she will have a better appreciation for the excitement, intrigue, passion for learning associated with scientific inquiry and field research. An inspired teacher will, in turn, inspire their students to learn and explore and to seek further education and careers in STEM fields. The teachers funded by this award will join the existing cohort of Spaceward Bound alumni and become eligible to mentor teachers on future expeditions. Spaceward Bound teachers stay in communication with scientists and teachers through social media such as Facebook as well as our website: http://quest.nasa.gov/projects/spacewardbound.