On February 3rd, Cyclone Space Mining (CSM) held a systems requirement review to clarify what was required for us to build a successful robot for competition. This was an overarching review, encompassing all of our subsystems and involved audience participation from every team member.
What is it?
The systems requirement review involves each subsystem team analyzing the NASA Robotic Mining Competition rules and rubrics for rules that apply to them. Based off of how these rules affected their subsystem, the teams then came up with additional requirements that they would need to meet for the robot to function correctly. Once they came up with their requirements, subsystem teams had to justify why they chose the requirement (NASA rule, necessary for function, etc.) and say how they will verify their requirement. The teams then took this information and presented them to the other subsystem teams and a judging panel. The audience (fellow CSM members) and the panel then offered improvements and changes to these requirements.
Why do we do it?
Knowing your constraints is essential in designing and engineering anything from a mining robot to a paper clip. The systems requirements review allowed for us to know our constraints. Based off of this review, each team walked away with a better understanding of what is now required of them, allowing for them to adjust their designs based off of this information. Having the entire CSM team review each subsystem’s requirements allowed for each member to get a better understanding of the overall robot and where their subsystem will fit in.
Where are we going from here?
With the information gained at this review, subsystem teams will adjust their designs and begin testing if their designs meet their requirements. After more designing and testing is done, CSM will hold a preliminary design review to monitor the progress of each subsystem. Based on this review, teams will make adjustments to their design before the critical design review, which will lockdown any lingering questions before the final build of the robot takes place.