Matlab Project

Topics: File system, Computer file, File format Pages: 10 (3649 words) Published: April 11, 2013
ENG EK 127 Fall 2012 Project # 3
Project development by Josh Koerpel

Figure 2: The flight path parabola showing the steep angles required to simulate zero G. Notice that while not in zero G, as a passenger, you are experiencing almost 2 G.

‘crest’ of the sine peak causes you to experience roughly 20 seconds of a weightless environment. A typical flight consists of 40 parabolas in a row, allowing you to run a zero gravity experiment 40 times. As an engineer and part of this BUSAT and astronaut +Z +X team, you have been charged with the task of examining how a piece of scientific equipment will behave in the zero G environment. You need to ask yourself questions like these:  What kind of external forces will this equipment be subjected to as it floats?  The equipment is dynamic, meaning it has moving parts, so how will this dynamic behavior affect its +Y orientation in 3D space? Figure 3: The 6 degrees of freedom of an  How will I measure these forces? aircraft. Linear movement in x,y,and z, The answer to the third problem is to measure the as well as rotational movement in roll, equipment’s accelerations using sensors called pitch, and yaw. accelerometers (these measure linear accelerations) and gyroscopes (these measure angular accelerations). The accelerations are useful because, thanks to Newton, we know that F = ma....