We worked on customizing a second version of the spacecraft for Afropixel #6 (Dak’Art Biennale Off). Thank you to Migrating Culture who supervised the construction in Dakar as well as our host in Dakar, the Kër Thiossane community of makers.
The Shuttleworth Foundation Flash Grant received in November 2016 has helped tremendously to amplify groundwork on the Agbogbloshie Makerspace Platform and the AMP spacecraft. It freed us from immediate constraints and enabled us to: Upgrade the Spacecraft in Agbogbloshie Prototype a new roof system Devise of an action plan for the Agbogbloshie Makerspace Platform mobile application And … Continue reading Shuttleworth Grant Accelerates the AMP Spacecraft
Mild steel angle bar is liable to twist or bend before the truss is triangulated; to ensure that each octet truss you make is straight (±1 mm) use a straight and square metal jig with wood board forming welding bed (will burn over time, flip over before replacing). Use clamps to secure 2d truss frame to jig, … Continue reading Spacecraft . 2d truss jig
2-module & spacecraft erected at edge of Agbogbloshie scrapyard in 3 to 3-1/2 hour period, with a crew of six people.
Fabrication of a semi-octet truss using 1 or 1-1/2 inch mild steel angle bar requires use of several jigs: 2d truss jig, square pyramid jig, and spacers for setting flat bar and holding string line to gauge top angle bar when welding. Each truss comprises 16 square pyramids of 4 pcs 10 or 12 mm by 16.85 cm iron … Continue reading Spacecraft . octet truss fabrication process
The two outermost square faces of semi-octet trusses join in a bolted connection to form an octehedron. Holes for bolts should be pre-drilled for easy assembly, using this drill template or similar.