Faculty Advisor

Demetriou, Michael A.


This project continues the development of the Attitude Determination and Control (ADC) subsystem for a three-unit CubeSat in a high-altitude, polar, sun-synchronous orbit mission to perform solar and extraterrestrial X-ray spectroscopy. The previously outlined list of sensors and actuators were evaluated and updated. The performance of algorithms used for detumble, initial attitude determination, and attitude maintenance was improved by using MATLAB® and Systems Tool Kit (STK) simulations. Additionally, a low- cost, prototype ADC test bed was constructed which will be used by future teams to test and verify the selected ADC hardware. Finally, a detailed MATLAB® code guide, derivations of ADC algorithms, and recommendations were developed to assist future CubeSat ADC teams.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2017


Aerospace Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering