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Team 10

Team Members

Faculty Advisor

Changhun Lee
Norlinda Steward
Randall Radcliff

Patrick Kumavor


National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

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Reduced Gravity Simulator for Field Environments: Drone-Augmented System

The project aims to develop a method for offloading a suited subject to simulate the reduced gravity of the moon or Mars. It will do so by suspending the person's weight with a weather balloon that will have its position guided by a drone. The drone will take inputs from the harness or the suit that the user subject is wearing, and will respond in real time to the movements made by the person. This means that the balloon will always be on top of the subject and will always be offloading a set amount of weight.

Our team collaborated with Mechanical Engineering 30 on this project.