we continued work on our pterosaur. The magically cnc-ed
arrived today inside
their large blocks of sky blue foam. The looks on our
make any mother smile!! We then got to look at the wings themselves and saw the
true beauty of a foam cutter. The final neck of our new pet was cut out today
and the body got it's last bit of fiberglass. Julia continued work on the tail/legs.
And then just as the day was coming to a close she took the controller and receiver
and low and behold LIFE!! The creature we are creating took it's first few steps
today with the ability to moves its legs up and down and twist!!! And now here
at the end of the day our nail-biting moment has arrived. These beautiful wings
that have been delivered to us must now be fiberglassed! With paintbrushes and
20 min epoxy in hand Clark and Marianne began the high-risk job. Pushing out
every bubble and smoothing over every wrinkle they painstakingly glued and laid
out the fiberglass for the two wingtips. How this part of t he story ends we
will not know until tomorrow. Till then, take care of yourself and each other…
Tuesday started with everyone wondering
how we were going to manage with Axel gone and having
too much work that
needed to get done in so little time. The
morning meeting consisted of a look at the schedule for the rest of the week
and it was full, we had four days to complete seven days worth of tasks. As
luck would have it, on our way out of the conference
room, we found Axel coming up
the stairs to greet us.
The day progressed and the membrane team continued tests
on the three foot model. The rest of the team was working
away on preparing the wings to get fiberglassed.
Stips of Carbon Fiber were set on the wing to transfer the loads from the wing
tips to the fuselage.
At 1:30, we were called to the conference center for
another meeting on what we were to be doing in the afternoon
and we were all surprised that it was
a birthday party for Erica(July 25th, 17) and Jeff(August 3rd, 18). We had
frosting covered brownies, which was a great break for all of us.
we were called over for yet another meeting, but this
on was real. We talked about the tasks at hand and
what needed to get done before our
tests on Monday. Axel then left for Toranto to work on membranes with Hall
Train, Peter Heppel and John Conway. We got back to work right away and
6:30 to fiberglass both of the wings.
After most of the students arrived, they
went into the conference room where they discussed
what had been accomplished
the previous day, and what needed to
be done in terms of the fiberglassing, attaching the horizontal tail, and attaching
servos to the membrane wing. The membrane team started building a fuselage
that would be a able to hold five servos. The membrane
team also started building
a more realistic membrane that looked more pterosaur-like our of a material
called ripstop nylon. The rest of the team members worked
on the wings and added a five-degree
dyhedral to the wings, and then taped the cable on to the wing. Most students
stayed after, and took a break to have a barbeque in the courtyard outside
Margot's office. Then the students returned to work.