This week was spent updating our 3-D cad models in Intergraph and baselining the structural interface with the landing gear. The jettisoning of the main engine prior to landing results in a much reduced length requirement for the landing gear. This reduction in length now makes it possible to fold the legs down rather than up when stowed in the Delta-II during the ascent phase. Volumetric analysis of the 3-D solid model shows that an appoximate area of 45.0 inches by 24.3 inches is available for the landing gear in the stowed configuration. This is shown in Figure 1 below:
Future Plans: The remaining days of the semester will be spent working on drawings and the final report. Have a good turkey day.
Figure 3 - Landing Gear Interface (3-D)