Faculty Advisor

Demetriou, Michael A.

Faculty Advisor

Gatsonis, Nikolaos A.


The Electric Thruster Environmental Effects Verification (ETEEV) experiment aims to test a low-power Hall thruster in space as part of the NASA Hitchhiker program. The experiment payload includes a suite of plasma instruments mounted on a pallet in the shuttle bay, as well as a mechanical diagnostics boom (MDB) that will take plume measurements. The goal of this project is to design, analyze, and construct an engineering prototype of the MDB (EP-MDB) based on ETEEV science and safety requirements as set forth by NASA's Hitchhiker program. Through an iterative design process of team input-design-analysis, a one-degree of freedom, 180-degrees roating design was chosen and modeled in Pro/Engineer.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2002


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering