Cabling time! Very early on through our design process, we decided to use Cat5e or Cat6 network cables for the long runs required to connect the sensors, buttons, switches and displays to their respective controller enclosures. Now that these are all in place, it was time to install and tie cables securely in the glider after crimping the RJ45 plugs at both ends of the cables (and testing them before installation).
We deliberately did not tighten our cable ties initially to allow us to reposition cables if needed. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to use re-usabel (velcro) cable ties everywhere but we did where we could to reduce the amount of non-recyclable materials we used.
The last remaining “big item” on our list was to install the LEDs in place to provide lighting inside the glider. We identified that the initial plan to use a contiguous 7m string of LEDs wasn’t going to work. So we looked at options and decided to split the string into 4: a long, 5m (150 LEDs) strip running along both sides of the glider, a 1m strip along the top of the wing box and 2 shorter, 50cm long strips along either side of the wing box.
We made the modifications to the lighting controller, adding 3 new connectors, and to the LED string. We installed 5V DC cables and data wires for the 4 LED strings before gluing the LED strips in place.
We added a connector to the cable of the rear simulator for the LSM6DS3 sensor.
We started tuning our software and modified the lighting controller software to allow for the 3 new LED strings.
We made final adjustments to the enclosures before screwing their lids and tightening cables ties to secure the cables in place.