Ok, I also promised a quick status update.
Our main progress for the day included fleshing out our project plan, starting some of the preliminary design work on our new gripper design, and getting our new boom units in from RolaTube in the UK. I’ll probably go into some of the why’s and wherefor’s of our decision to go with Rolatube’s “Bi-stable Reeled Composites” for this project in some future update, but for now, here’s some eyecandy:
The RolaTube guys have been awesome to work with. Those of you who source parts regularly probably know what I mean when I say that there are some companies out there that actually want you to buy their stuff. These guys would be in that unfortunately far to rare category. I have to admit that I was completely floored to get a call back from a company in the UK only about five minutes after I sent an inquiry in on their website. Cool hardware? Check. Reasonable prices? Check. Excellent customer services? Check. Source of way too much entertainment for a couple of space nerds? Check and Check.
Oh, and did I mention that Altius now has a Youtube Channel? http://www.youtube.com/altiusspace