Faculty Advisor

Gatsonis, Nikolaos A.

Project Center

MIT Lincoln Laboratory-Lexington, Massachusetts


The MIT Lincoln Laboratory High Power Missile Alternative Range Target Instrument program will test an Optical Sensor Module (OSM) payload onboard an expendable rocket. This project presents the design of a mechanical system and the procedures for the preflight testing of the OSM payload. The system includes a support structure that rotates the OSM under an attached optics bar that excites the OSM sensors. Analysis of the light sources and collection optics used on the optics bar is presented. Finite element heat transfer analysis provides the effects on the optics bar and the OSM due to heat from the lights, and establishes the heat-safety procedures during testing. Finite element structural analysis provides the static and dynamics response of the testing system.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

October 2009


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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