Spacecraft harnesses are built individually by human hand with inherent time and error that can impact a spacecraft’s cost and schedule. The students on this team will develop, advance, and implement an automated wire harness system from design through assembly, to reduce these risks.

Essentially all flight hardware requires electrical harnesses. These harnesses are designed and fabricated in accordance with the applicable requirements of the electrical design standard for flight harnesses as defined by individual flight programs. In this particular case the spacecraft electrical harness will be for an exemplar satellite design.

To achieve the required deliverables of MDP 2021, the team will be provided an out brief of status, accomplishments, and next steps from the MDP 2020 team and will need to thoroughly understand the MDP 2020 MDP project goals.

The purpose of a spacecraft wire harness is to transmit signal or electrical power. Cables are bound together a combination of straps, cable ties, cable lacing, sleeves, electrical tape, conduit. The wire harness contains multiple breakouts and simplifies the connection to larger components by integrating the wiring into a single unit. This project can be broken down into four parts as shown below:

  1. Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE)
  2. Translate Creo Designs to G-Code
  3. Develop Software for Automated Wire Harness Builder
  4. Automated Wire Harness Assembly

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