Lesson 2: Concurrent Design
The principles of satellite design needs to take into account the nature and purpose of the mission. The use of concurrent design system engineering allows multiple design elements to occur at the same time.
Concurrent design allows for the simultaneous and collaborative development of satellite components, identifying the engineering and scientific tasks that need to be developed.
New Information (Flipped Classroom)
Principles of concurrent design
Students to watch the following clip at home prior to lesson and answer questions
Access Prior Knowledge
Diagram of concurrent design vs traditional design process (power point slide)
Briefly discuss advantages and disadvantages.
New Information Presented
Roles of team and sub-team leaders
Potential engineering issues to investigate:
Weather conditions analysis
A Safe Flight Path: the investigation of the flight path of the balloon
Balloon altitude (what affects the maximum altitude) and projected flight time
The importance of data storage
Investigation and recommendation of battery types
Potential experimental options to investigate (which need to take into account the potential limitations of the camera orientation):
Remote Sensing - Investigation of land use under the flight path
Distance the horizon at different balloon heights
Outlines to these investigations are found in the Activities Overview.
This list is not exhaustive. Students may come up with other issues to investigate.
Depending on teacher preferred group size, not all issues may be able to be investigated by one class. It may be possible for two or three schools to link up and share their investigations.
Video concurrent design
Roles of leaders
Teacher or students select team leader and sub-team leaders for engineering and experimental areas, which probably should occur before the lesson.
Teacher lead discussion:
Advantages of using the concurrent design approach in this project
Initial discussion of the identification of the tasks to be investigated (some clues given in the introductory power point).
Students then break up into groups to with the team leaders and project leader:
Identify launch and engineering tasks
Identify potential experimental investigations
Class discussion, led by project and team leaders to list the tasks/investigations
Why is it the concurrent approach to the design of your CubeSat more efficient and more effective than the traditional design methods?