Faculty Advisor

Blandino, John J.

Abstract

The objective was to design the power, telecommunication, and thermal control subsystems for a CubeSat. The power budget was finalized and wiring diagrams were created to show how hardware interfaces with other spacecraft systems. A telecommunication subsystem was designed for communication between the satellite and ground station network that was identified. A budget for finalized ground station hardware was established. Furthermore, a link budget was created and expected ground tracks calculated using STK software. To better understand thermal requirements, calculations of spacecraft-sun vectors were performed using STK; then used to simulate effects on the structure using COMSOL. The report concludes with recommendations for future work with respect to all three subsystems.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2013

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Major

Aerospace Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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