UAE Space Agency, Khalifa varsity team develop device to control vehicles’ movements in space - GulfToday

UAE Space Agency, Khalifa varsity team develop device to control vehicles’ movements in space


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Emad Eddin Khalil, Staff Reporter

Under the supervision of the UAE Space Agency, a research team from Khalifa University of Science and Technology developed a new gyroscope with a precise electromechanical system and a magnetometer.

The aim of the new device is to create a system capable of controlling the trajectory of vehicles in space, to support various space explorations.

The team that developed the new device included Dr Daniel Chua, Principal Investigator and Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Dr Ibrahim Al Fadil, Research Assistant and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Dr Ru Lee, Engineer Dima Ali, and the University graduate Munira Al Shaiba.

Dr Daniel said: “The project aims to design, manufacture and develop an electromechanical gyroscope for use in measurement units related to altitude control systems in space, known as the vehicle orientation process.

“This requires sensors, actuators and algorithms which,  provide the motors with commands based on measurements and specifications provided by sensors to determine the height required.”

Daniel pointed out the electromechanical gyroscope is used in many applications, including cars to prevent rollovers, and to stabilise images.

Daniel added that the experiment affirmed the success of the test process, noting that the team also tested an electromechanical magnetometer, which includes measuring the direction and strength or relative change in the magnetic field in a specific location.

“This also is used to determine the directions of spacecraft, and can also be used in miniature compasses, thanks to its accuracy.”

"We are currently working on developing and improving electrical circuits and designs, and later seek to design and manufacture integrated circuits for use in future space flights," Daniel added.

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