Electronic Space Shuttle

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Introduction: Electronic Space Shuttle

About: I'm a French mechanical student, I like to design, make things and share them here. My main hobbies are astronomy, astrophotography and 3D printing.

I made this project that link together two of my favourite fields : electronic and space. This space shuttle is made entirely from scratch.

Step 1: Plans

The space shuttle is a very nice looking space-craft. I didn't want my model to be disproportionate, so I recommand you to print this plan and use it as a template during the construction.

Step 2: Material

For this project you'll need:

-Electronic circuit in which you can take the components (and the epoxy green board)

-A soldering iron and soldier

-The template (step 1)

-Tools like saw, file, sandpaper, pliers ...

Step 3: The Base

These five pictures show the chronology of the base making :

1- Remove all the components of a board

2- Place the template on it and make sure there is enough space

3- Draw the shape with a marker

4- Cut roughly the external shape with a hand saw

5- Sand (sand belt, file or sandpaper) to have a nice shape

⚠️ Take precautions during the sanding (wear a mask)

Step 4: The Rudder

The rudder is a piece that I cut directly with ordinary scissors in a board of an old hard drive disc.

Then sand the edges with a fine sandpaper to make it nice and clean

Step 5: The Main Body

This step is the most creative one you can make the body as you want!

For my part I welded a capacitor in the middle and I placed two integrated circuits above it.

Then I made the sides of the body with all kinds of little components (resistors, ceramic capacitors ...).

I made the nose of the shuttle with two IC, one LED and differents kinds of resistors.

For the engines part I used three capacitors and two quartz.

Step 6: [tip]

When you have to weld a component to the board you can re-use the pre-existing holes of the board! plus, these holes are already tinned.

Step 7: The Base

I made a little base from scrap wood, I glued a bended wire on the back and I welded the other extremity to the shuttle. This is very simple and it makes a nice support for the space shuttle !

Step 8: End

This project is done, I hope you like it! if so, let me know in comments ;)

Trash to Treasure

Participated in the
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Space Challenge

Participated in the
Space Challenge

Pro Tips Challenge

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Pro Tips Challenge

2 People Made This Project!

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54 Discussions

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Gadisha
Gadisha

2 years ago

I like it, it looks nice.

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SimonRob
SimonRob

Reply 2 years ago

thank you :)

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Arty Marty
Arty Marty

2 years ago

That's really cool. I love the time and effort you took to select just the right components for each part.

Can't wait to see what you make next.

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SimonRob
SimonRob

Reply 2 years ago

thanks ;)

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Creation Zone
Creation Zone

Tip 2 years ago

There are also white PCBs out there (on Macs for example). I bet the shuttle would look even more dope like that!

I couln't find my soldering Iron so I used super glue instead :D

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SimonRob
SimonRob

Reply 2 years ago

When it will be done, please let me see it in "I made it" :D

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TheInstructableTinkerer
TheInstructableTinkerer

Reply 2 years ago

Sure! A bit busy at the moment but I will return to building it soon :D

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SimonRob
SimonRob

Reply 2 years ago

haha yeah why not !

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SimonRob
SimonRob

Reply 2 years ago

hi, thanks I saw that you also made a space shuttle but in a different way ! that's sooo cool !

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Andy_Fuentes22
Andy_Fuentes22

Reply 2 years ago

Yeah, I'm glad to find more people who likes the good old space shuttle. Good luck on the contest!

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SimonRob
SimonRob

Reply 2 years ago

:D

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Moats Custom Woodworking
Moats Custom Woodworking

Reply 2 years ago

I have an several old tablet circuit boards & TONS of components. I will give this a go. Thanks Dude!!!!

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SimonRob
SimonRob

Reply 2 years ago

yes do it !

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Moats Custom Woodworking
Moats Custom Woodworking

Reply 2 years ago

I made it and had a good time with my little brother. Thanks again!

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SimonRob
SimonRob

Reply 2 years ago

oh so cool ! please takes pictures and post it in "I Made It !" I Want to see that !!

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MorganeRob
MorganeRob

2 years ago

Awesome Horace !

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TheOriginalNerd
TheOriginalNerd

2 years ago

Pretty Cool! I like it!! Two of my favorite fields also. Does the LED up front light up or anything?