Faculty Advisor

Labonté, Robert C.

Faculty Advisor

Michalson, William R.


This project was commissioned by the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of Worcester Polytechnic Institute to continue the design, development, and implementation of an end-to-end command and data handling communications system for use onboard a satellite in low earth orbit (LEO). Specifically, this project's main objectives were to evaluate alternative software Terminal Node Controller solutions and calculate data throughput and bit error rate (BER) figures for data transmissions with a satellite in LEO at the 1200 and 9600 baud rates. Recommendations for subsequent steps to improve the calculated performance of the system are provided.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2006


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering