Faculty Advisor

Blandino, John J.

Abstract

The goals of this Major Qualifying Project (MQP) were the design of thermal, mechanical, and power subsystems for a CubeSat supporting a university-led science mission to orbit an X-ray spectrophotometer. The spacecraft thermal analysis included calculation of unsteady temperature distributions over the course of several orbits. This analysis included radiation from the sun and earth as well as a preliminary analysis of heat generation from internal components. The mechanical design included component and assembly-level, solid models of several spacecraft configurations and a preliminary stress analysis. The power subsystem design included component selection for power generation, management, and distribution as well as energy storage.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2012

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Major

Biology and Biotechnology

Major

Professional Writing

Major

Aerospace Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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