Faculty Advisor

Demetriou, Michael A.


This project handled the design and analysis of the attitude determination and control, command and data handling, and structural subsystems of CubeSats designed for two distinct missions. One mission was to fly a CubeSat in extreme low earth orbit, while the other was to fly two CubeSats in formation. Attitude sensors and an onboard computer selected in previous years’ designs were reviewed and updated. Structural analysis simulations were conducted in ANSYS. Additionally, the test bed for an attitude determination and control system experiment designed and constructed by the students in MAD-1701 was improved upon, and an attitude control system was designed. Finally, recommendations were provided for future teams looking to further develop this experimental setup.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

February 2018


Aerospace Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering