Project Morpheus

A project log for GimbalBot

Gimbaled thrusters, aerospace-grade adhesives, carbon-fiber-reinforced polymers, and inertial measurement units. This is a space project!

zakqwyzakqwy 09/03/2014 at 00:462 Comments

During a conversation earlier today, Arsenio Dev mentioned Project Morpheus. I recall occasionally seeing videos of the vehicle online in the last few years, but I hadn't closely followed its progress over the last few months. He recommended that I take a look at some of the videos related to tethered testing. I'm glad I did:

First of all, the music is amazing. Secondly, if you fast-forward to 2:10 or so (although you should really watch the whole thing), you'll see the test craft suspended from an overhead crane and anchored at four points to the ground. It's a great setup; the craft is constrained in all axes but still free to apply forces to the cables. I think a setup like this could be ideal for early GimbalBot tests, as I could insert gradual amounts of cable slack as the control algorithms improve. Maybe I could use a series of cheap spring-loaded scales to characterized the thrust vector produced by the craft. Either way, I'm still starting with static (fully constrained) tests.

Time to go watch more Morpheus videos; the archive is quite awesome indeed. 3D printed parts shipped today, so we're on schedule to start crudely instrumented experiments shortly.


ArsenioDev wrote 09/07/2014 at 17:00 point
:D Thought it would be worth a look

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davedarko wrote 09/03/2014 at 01:15 point
a quite hectical video for 3am :D looks like a good setup.

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