Faculty Advisor

Demetriou, Michael A.


This project continued the work on the development and testing of an Attitude Determination and Control Subsystem (ADCS) for a three-unit Cube Satellite mission led by WPI, the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and the Space Research Centre in Poland. This project focused on hardware selection in three areas: sensors, actuators, and processors. The attitude maintenance and control scheme was validated using numerical code written in MATLAB®. A secondary goal of the project was to outline a design for a test-bed where the control policies could be verified experimentally. This project developed a complete test-bed stand, leaving the construction portion for future ADCS teams, as well as recommendations for the parts to be used in the experimental section.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2013


Aerospace Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering