03.29.09

The design of the new gondola

Posted in Hardware at 11:04 pm by Margreet

The students from Mechanical engineering have been working on designing a new gondola for Zeppy. This gondola has to be lightweigt and small, but also strong and big enough to house e.g. the gumstix and the robostix. The separate container at the bottom is designed to hold the battery.

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02.03.09

Cooperation with the Hanze University

Posted in General at 5:32 pm by Margreet

We have decided not to improve, but to rebuild most of the zeppelins’ hardware. To do this, we have called in the help of the Hanze University Groningen. The departments of Electrical engineering and Mechanical engineering are willing to cooperate; they have agreed to let the zeppy-team guide a group of approximately eight students, four from each department. We will lead these students towards designing and building the hardware and the low-level software (the implementation of the API).

From february until april these students will build those elements of the zeppelin for which we lack the technical knowledge, like the balloon, the gondola and the steering system.

The progress and outcome of this cooperation will be posted later on this website.