• NASA Guide to Trade Studies
  • Trade study criteria: Performance Complexity, Build Complexity, Mass, Cost, Experience -- Measures of Effectiveness (MOE) "customer POV" how well are mission objectives achieved - how well not how, Measure of Performance (MOP) "engineer POV" specified quantitative measure. Need MOPs to get MOEs.
  • Risk vs Reward - balance determines weighting factors in trade studies
  • Example of Trade Study (Auburn)

How to get on the roster:

Get enough skill through training to contribute to the team and prove you are mature enough to be a part of a team: 3 critera are - skills, availability, attitude.

There are 5 basic qualifications required to do any Advanced Training leading to a star ranking: Safety-1, Build-2, Build-2 (2 days), Team, and either Prog-1 or Design-1. Once these are complete, you can focus in on advanced training and try to get to be at least a 2 star skill level before turning in an application by November 30th.

The star rating is a 0-4 star ranking for each subsystem skill - one star is basic knowledge, 2 star is proven skill, 3 star is skill with experience, and 4 star is a 3-star with high level competition experience (min 1 year at 3 star).

Rookies - required to take 5 classes: Safety-1, Build-1, Build-2, Team, and either Prog-1 or Design-1

Veterans - take Safety-1, Team, Prog-1 or Design-1. Have at least one 2-star rating. Complete the team contract.

Take advanced training so you have at least one 2-star rating in one of the 10 subsystems: Mech (need 12), Design (need 10), Prog (need 8), Elec (need 6), Pneu (need 6), Weld (need 6), Media (need 6), Outreach (need 6), Safety (need 4), Strategy (need 10). Some team members may qualify for more than one subsystem.

The team is limited to approximately 40 qualified team members. The team roster will be made up with the best combination of team members within the max numbers so there is no guarantee of making the roster (including veterans). Roster will be announced in early December and team contracts offered.

Advanced Training Projects

2 CubeBots [Vets: Rohan, Xavier]

Design and build metal chassis that fits inside of milk crate, Weld chassis, Install full electrical system, Web cam with dashboard setup

GoKart [Vets: Nathan, Skyla, Robert]

Drivetrain design with Mecannum wheels, Program mecannum drivetrain with on board and off board controls, Install full electrical system in form of a “plyBot” – can be used for testing, integrate bigger motors and electronics with a 24V battery. Integrate shocks into drivetrain

Custom transmission [Vets: Skyla, Amber,Nathan]

Design and build custom transmission for specific motor, Test with a “plyBot” which is a portable electronic system, Add manual controls to the plyBot for testing, Generate motor curve and do torque and speed testing

Sample collection [Vets: Crystal, John, Nick, Emme]

Design and build a physical system to collect microorganisms, Integrate into DREAMS secondary box so sample points down, Program Arduino with pressure sensor, Test

PlyBot with manual controls [Vets: Kevin, Christine]

Create a full FRC electronics and control system on a transportable board, add manual controls (buttons, joystick)

TechItOut Trophies [Vets: Kevin, Robert]

Design a Lego based trophy and integrate electronics with LEDs similar to the Automation Direct GRITS trophies

Space Shuttle Trophy Case [Vets: Amber, John]

Rolling case with heavy duty construction designed to display our GCU (space shuttle computer) with lights.