Soft-shell structures have flexible exteriors that can be expanded once in orbit; their capability of being stored in a compact form optimizes volume while minimizing mass. Current expandable soft-shell structures tend to be single use and are not capable of folding back into the organized and space-efficient form in which they were initially launched. This could be made possible by folding the structure using an origami technique called Miura. Project Miura will controllably extend, sustain, and retract a soft-shell structure multiple times while recording and monitoring the process in order to assess the viability of reusable, collapsible structures for space flight. Similar techniques could be adapted for cost-efficient spacecraft habitats or antennas. HASP affords Miura the opportunity to test the soft-shell structure’s integrity and durability in a harsh, near-space environment. The Miura team will will be made up of undergraduate engineering students, including the project manager, systems engineers, and team leads, with a faculty member from the Colorado Space Grant Consortium.
Project Manager: Dawson Beatty
Systems Engineers: Alex Paquin and Andrew Pfefer
Team Leads:Nick Bearns, Anastasia Muszynski, Lucas Zardini, Micah Zhang
Members: Courtney Kelsey, Rhett Crismon, Mary Rahjes, Melanie Smith, Adam Farmer, Brendan Lutes, Jacob Jeffries, Sean Fearon
Haleigh Flaherty from the HELIOS V team
Alex St. Clair and Jack Dinkel from the PolarCube team
Ross Kloetzel from the HELIOS V team