Thursday, 1 December 2011
Prototype manufacturing commences
Two weeks ago, manufacturing of inflatable samples started at the University of Strathclyde with the help of 4th year student Adnan Mahmood. The research is focused on the behaviour of various membrane materials and manufacturing techniques in regards to SAM. The materials tested are polyethylene, Mylar, Kapton and solar film. The first prototype of one hexagon was completed yesterday (see picture). For this afternoon, a first vacuum test is scheduled to investigate the deployment behaviour of the hexagon with the residual air approach.