Faculty Advisor

Gatsonis, Nikolaos A.

Abstract

This project supports the design of a three-unit Cube Satellite (CubeSat) mission in a high-altitude, polar, sun-synchronous orbit. The goal is to perform solar and extraterrestrial X-ray spectroscopy using the Sphinx-NG instrument. The CubeSat design addresses the mission and the Poly-Picosatellite Orbital Deployer (P-POD) requirements. Mechanical design of the Cubesat is performed using SolidWorks. Vibration and stress analysis for expected launch conditions is performed using SolidWorks. Orbital decay analysis is performed using Systems Toolkit and NASA's Debris Assessment Software. The magnetic fields induced by CubeSat's three magnetic torquers are evaluated using COMSOL. Documents and procedures relevant to compliance with the P-POD are identified.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

February 2013

Major

Aerospace Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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