Faculty Advisor

Blandino, John J.

Abstract

A CubeSat was designed to support a mission to perform solar and X-ray spectroscopy using the Sphinx-NG instrument. The work consisted of designing the electric power (EPS), telecommunication, computer and data handling (C&DH), and thermal control subsystems. C&DH system design included estimating memory and computational requirements for each operational mode. A power budget was generated for the spacecraft and the solar arrays were sized to generate a maximum power of 12.4 W. The telecommunication subsystem was designed supporting a downlink capability of approximately 101 Mb/day. A thermal model included time-dependent spacecraft illumination and internal power generation. Results were used to estimate the range of spacecraft temperatures and evaluate thermal control options.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2017

Major

Aerospace Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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