Satellite Payload Design
Bringing freeze casting research to space in a small satellite. Astronomy.com Press Article
This is an exciting project I worked on through a NASA-funded grant at Northwestern. I led a team to bring freeze casting to the microgravity environment of space. Freeze casting is a novel way of manufacturing metal, by using the shape of ice crystals to give structure to metallic particles ( learn more about it here). As lead engineer, I designed the system payload, which consisted of optically clear sample containers and a system of mirrors and cameras to image the samples during the solidification process.
1) 10cm x 10cm x 10cm workspace
2) -70C to -4C temperature range
3) optically transparent, sealed sample containers