Faculty Advisor

Karanjgaokar, Nikhil

Abstract

This project supports the design of a six-unit Cube Satellite (CubeSat) mission in an extreme Low Earth Orbit (eLEO). The goal is to perform Ionosphere experimentation using the NASA mini Ion Neutral Mass Spectrometer (mINMS). The CubeSat design addresses the mission and NanoRacks Deployer requirements. Mechanical design of the CubeSat is performed using SolidWorks. Vibration and stress analysis for expected launch conditions is performed using ANSYS, and thermal analysis in our desired orbit is performed with COMSOL software. Thermal characteristics are determined using the Systems Tool Kit (STK) software to model the CubeSat's thermal environment throughout its orbit. All important documents and launch requirements are identified.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

2020-03-05

Major

Aerospace Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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