MSAE Project & Thesis Reports: 2015

Spring 2015

Adrianna Aguilar
Mission design to a nearby asteroid and back
Advisor: Dr. Periklis Papadopoulos

Marco Colleluori
Characterization of the performance and failure mechanisms of the hydrogen propulsion system of ISEE-3
Advisor: Dr. Periklis Papadopoulos

David Fenn
Modular design of a small satellite
Advisor: Dr. Periklis Papadopoulos

Adriana Fukuzato
Design of attitude determination software for a star tracker
Advisor: Dr. Nikos J. Mourtos

Anthony Gong
Preliminary design and prototyping of a low-cost spacecraft attitude determination and control setup
Advisor: Dr. Kamran Turkoglu

Stephen Im
Hybrid wireless mesh network, worldwide satellite communication, PKI technology for small satellite network system
Advisor: Dr. Periklis Papadopoulos

Ankyd Ji
Development of a low-cost experimental quadcopter testbed using an arduino controller for video surveillance
Advisor: Dr. Kamran Turkoglu

Uram Kim
Numerical analysis and optimization of wing-tip designs
Advisor: Dr. Nikos J. Mourtos

Stephen Lai
Analysis and testing of gelled, high propulsive green propellant for small satellites in low earth orbit
Advisor: Dr. Nikos J. Mourtos

Istiaq Mahmud
Advanced airship design
Advisor: Dr. Nikos J. Mourtos

Andrew Masterman
Liquid oxygen / liquid methane pressure-fed rocket engine
Advisor: Dr. Nikos J. Mourtos

Aaron Mazzula
Utilization of wind energy in optimal guidance strategies via real-time control methodologies
Advisor: Dr. Kamran Turkoglu

Shayan Najafi
Conceptual design of a transonic UAV with VTOL capabilities
Advisor: Dr. Kamran Turkoglu

Ashish Raichur
Design and analysis of an in-flight breaking system
Advisor: Dr. Nikos J. Mourtos

Michael Scales
CubeSat-based entry system for Atromos experiment
Advisor: Marcus Murbach, NASA Ames RC

Harrison Turner
Wing sail vs. traditional sail performance comparison
Advisor: Dr. Nikos J. Mourtos

Fall 2015

JorgeJorge Cortez                                                                                                                  Design of a quadrupole mass spectrometer for the characterization of Europa's atmosphere  

Advisor: Dr. Olenka Hubickyj, Department of Physics

Alireza Forouzandeh                                                                                                        Low cost educational vertical air launch system                                                                  Advisor:Dr. Nikos J. Mourtos

Aric Garcia                                                                                                                      CAN based fight computer and avionics system for small satellite applications                        Advisor: Matt Messana, Skybox Imaging & Google

Daniel Hernandez                                                                                                            Cubesat power system design for high precision solar observation                                      Advisor: Marcus Murbach, NASA Ames RC

Andres Herrera                                                                                                                A redesign of the Yves Rossy wingsuit for ground takeoff capability                                    Advisor: Dr. Nikos J. Mourtos

Justin Lai                                                                                                                        Thermal analysis for a high precision pointing helios CubeSat                                         Advisor: Marcus Murbach, NASA Ames RC

Arash Mazhari                                                                                                                Flight implementation of NARI active wing shaping control concept using composite lattice-based structures                                                                                                             Advisor: Dr. Sean Swei, NASA Ames RC

Frank Sanders                                                                                                                Design and implementation of UAV autoland control law scheme utilizing LIDAR for precise altitude determination                                                                                                      Advisor: Prof. Jeanine Hunter

Eddie Uribe                                                                                                                    System integration architecture and testing development for a sun tracking heliophysics SmallSat                                                                                                                          Advisor: Marcus Murbach, NASA Ames RC

Keith Young                                                                                                                    Characterization tests of IMUs for small satellite implementation                                          Advisor: Marcus Murbach, NASA Ames RC