Coopricorn One

By MigraineMan · Mar 21, 2018 · Updated May 5, 2018 · ·
  1. MigraineMan
    This article describes the Coopricorn One mission to the Chick'n Shack. The Mission Objective - secure more space. Coopricorn_One_movie_poster.png
    The Primary Coop Node (PCN) is comprised of three elements - the central HAB, the Extra-Coopticular Activity area (extending along the E-axis), and the Integrated Service Module (extending W.) The HAB is home to twelve Gallusnauts who have expressed interest in additional facilities.

    To expand the ECA area, a Non-Pressurised Mating Adapter (NPMA) was designed such that additional modules could be connected and potentially relocated along the S0, E0, and N0 faces of the ECA (note that the W0 face is obstructed by the ISM.) A blade-style door was selected for its simplicity and safety factor - the door will default to the "closed" position in a 1-G gravity environment.

    A prototype Avian Expansion Module (AEM) mates to the NPMA through a pivoting docking ring. This pivoting structure is necessary to accommodate variations in local terrain geometry. The docking ring is positively secured to the NPMA. (some details omitted for clarity)

    After an arduous procurement process that guaranteed maximum taxpayer value, construction of the various components and subassemblies was begun.



    Details of the docking ring pivot mechanism are demonstrated below:


    Local labor was employed in the application of a protective surface finish to the AEM.

    The NPMA was successfully installed on the S0-face of the Primary Coop Node. Subsequently, the AEM was docked and fully mated. The Gallusnauts were initially hesitant regarding the new addition to their environment, but ultimately embraced the expanded ECA resources.

    Details of the docking ring mating to the NPMA, including the anti-intrusion door which closes the gap when the door blade is removed.



    Took the AEM for a drag over to the garden to let the ladies and gent have some time tilling the soil. IMGA0653.JPG

    Added wheels to the AEM Mk.1; need to upgrade to 8" wheels because the 6" variety can't handle terrain variations well.
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    Also mostly-completed construction of the AEM Mk.2. Upgrades include a roof, a people-door, nesting boxes, a roosting bar, and hanging food/water dispensers. Everything necessary to function as a stand-alone coop. The recently acquired Gold Laced Wyandottes are growing like weeds, and we need to move them out of the brooder this week ... because Miss Broody's chicks are scheduled to hatch in the next 5-ish days.
    We also added another NPMA to the Primary Coop Node - this one on the N0 face.
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    Nice job!

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