NASA Wireless Smart Plug: A Successful ESET Capstone Design Project

Joseph Morgan, Jay Porter, Kristina Rojdev, Daniel Carrejo, Anthony Colozza
2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition Proceedings   unpublished
She started with NASA-JSC in 2004 as a co-op student, and has been full-time with NASA-JSC since 2008. She has served as the Instrumentation lead on the Deep Space Habitat project for four years and has focused on systems engineering, wireless instrumentation, and technology development for habitat instrumentation systems. Dr. Daniel Carrejo, NASA Danny Carrejo is an Electrical Engineer at NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) in the Systems Architecture and Integration Office, Space Systems Design
more » ... ce Systems Design and Development Branch. Danny moved to Houston from El Paso, TX, where he attended the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). Upon joining NASA in 2004, Danny worked on the Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED) developing a test control system for the ARED Vibration Isolation System (ARED VIS) and leading the flight certification for the ARED instrumentation. The ARED is now flying onboard the International Space Station (ISS). Danny is currently in charge of the Habitat Testbed, where he develops and integrates habitation technology for future deep space travel. Dr. Anthony J Colozza Anthony Colozza, is a research engineer working for Vantage Partners at the NASA Glenn Research Center. This work has primarily centered on the design and analysis of propulsion, power and thermal systems for spacecraft and planetary vehicles. He has over 23 years of experience and has published over 90 documents including NASA reports, conference and journal papers and book chapters. He has been part of NASA Glenn's Deep Space Habitat power system design team for the past 4 years helping design the power system and having it installed in the demonstration unit and testbed. Additional areas of interest include high altitude aircraft and airship design and planetary atmospheric flight vehicle design Abstract -NASA has been interested in technology development for deep space exploration, and one avenue of developing these technologies is via the eXploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge. In 2013, NASA's Deep Space Habitat (DSH) project was in need of sensors that could monitor the power consumption of various devices in the habitat with added capability to control the power to these devices for load shedding in emergency situations. Texas A&M University's Electronic Systems Engineering Technology Program (ESET) in conjunction with their Mobile Integrated Solutions Laboratory (MISL) accepted this challenge, and over the course of 2013, several undergraduate students in a Capstone design course developed five wireless DC Smart Plugs for NASA. The wireless DC Smart Plugs developed by Texas A&M in conjunction with NASA's Deep Space Habitat team is a first step in developing wireless instrumentation for future flight hardware. This paper will further discuss the X-Hab challenge and requirements set out by NASA, the detailed design and testing performed by Texas A&M, challenges faced by the team and lessons learned, and potential future work on this design.
doi:10.18260/1-2--22860 fatcat:lqhavu5jefhzhiiiq4zyoa7zn4