This weekend, the team visited the Hayden Planetarium at American Museum of Natural History in NYC. They gained insight into the formation of the universe and its composition and valuable perspective about cosmic distances and scales. They also learned many other cool and interesting space facts. Unfortunately they did not get to meet Neil Degrasse Tyson…
Also, our last meeting for the term is on Thursday, where we will discuss each system in preparation for the paper deadline.
Stay tuned for more information.]]>
Over the past couple of weeks, the team has been making a lot of headway on some major milestones. For starters, the propulsion group has been working on the propulsion models. These calculations include determining how long our initial burn period will be, which is important for our shielding and fuel team for determining the parameters for tritium breeding. Another place we have made considerable progress on is the droplet radiator design. Our proposed radiator will use helium in a plasma state as the working fluid, and will pump it throughout the ship. Once the fluid reaches the end of the fuel tanks (behind the cone), it is sprayed in a fine mist, which radiates heat into space (See picture below for more details). The mist is then collected in a dish and fed back into the cooling system.
In other news, Icarus Interstellar Drexel Chapter’s first field trip is this weekend! We will be heading up to New York to visit the Hayden Planetarium, which should be a fun and educational break from all the research.
Stay tuned for more information and updates in the coming weeks.]]>
Another exciting term is underway at Drexel, and with it comes the first spring meeting of Icarus Interstellar! In this meeting, we mainly discussed our current progress on each section, and what work still needs to be done. One of the major things to come out of this meeting was a new group which will focus on cooling.
In other news, plans for a field trip to the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History are currently in the works for a weekend in late May.
Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.
As a fun outing, the members all went together to see the movie Interstellar.]]>
On Saturday 10/18, Drexel hosted the first interstellar hack-a-thon.
We were joined online by two members of Project Icarus (Rob Swinney and Brian Bixler), who provided excellent advice throughout the day.
The Zeus ship is making great progress, and we can’t wait to present it on the weekend of 11/07.]]>
We would like to thank Dr. Marek Swoboda for making this possible.
Reach for the Stars!
Over the past 2 weeks we have begun to shift our focus toward the overall design of the craft. This includes designing and fitting each system into a neat package. So far we have been compiling design criteria so that we have a general idea of what we are designing toward. Some criteria include:
1. Room to store both probes and spare parts
2. Dimensions of the craft
3. Mass percentage of fuel
Over the course of this term, we hope to finish a rough design of the craft, as well as begin work on the actual paper. Keep checking back for more status updates.]]>
This week, we focused on Project Tin Tin research proposals for communications and intermodule controls. As for Project Icarus, we held an informal meeting to go over the procedure for our “end of term” presentations, which will be held on Tuesday June 3rd.
Come back next week to see all the progress we have made thus far.
This week we met to discuss Project Icarus, and the progress everyone has made on their individual systems. So far, everyone has made excellent progress toward our goal for week 10. Also, a new system group was formed that would look into the feasibility and execution of accelerating the craft prior to leaving the solar system.
Check back weekly for more updates on our progress!