Faculty Advisor

Gatsonis, Nikolaos A.


This project presents the mechanical, orbital, structural design and analysis for a three-unit Cube Satellite (CubeSat) with the SphinX-NG instrument as payload. The goal of the mission is to place the CubeSat on a near-polar, sun synchronous orbit where it will perform X-ray spectroscopy. The design complies with the Poly-Picosatellite Orbital Deployer (P-POD) and mission requirements. The mechanical design is performed using SolidWorks. Orbital decay analysis using the Systems Tool Kit shows that a 600 km altitude provides a compliant lifetime. Random vibration analysis performed with ANSYS under the maximum expected loads shows compliance. COMSOL analysis of the magnetic fields induced by the onboard magnetic torquers indicates the need for shielding of the onboard magnetometer.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2017


Aerospace Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering