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.
Monday, 30 April 2012
The first prototype full structure of SAM for the REXUS 13/14 sounding rocket mission was manufactured last week by Strathclyde student Adnan Mahmood. The full structure has 18 circular elements in two rows. During the last couple of week Adnan improved the manufacturing technique by using a heated ring to heat seal the spheres made out of alluminized PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) commonly found in heat and rescue blankets. The picture to the right shows the vacuum inflation of two spheres connected in the middle point (connection points between the rows).