Student Team: Kelsey Zaches, Megan Nickolaus, Troy Cosentino
Advisor: Claudio Talarico
Sponsor: WinchEngineer Group
Liaison: George Moore
Our team project was to create an embedded controller system for a battery-electric winch that will be used to launch sailplanes. Changing the launch technique of sailplanes in this way will increase the safety and decrease the cost per launch. Our team divided the project into three main parts: the embedded system, simulations for the Host Controller and launch physics, and detailed state machines. We have made significant progress toward a functional controller system with a complete winch as our goal within a year. We also worked with another design team, Glider Winch Host Manager (CPSC3), to unify each system development and complete the overall project to be ready for use by soaring clubs as soon as possible.