Date of Award

Spring 5-13-2017

Degree Type

Honors Thesis

Department

Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor

Kevin Kilty

Abstract

The overall goal of the NASA Microgravity project is to provide a low-cost alternative to current microgravity testing procedures for space-bound objects. The microgravity project examines a novel idea. The expense and wait lists that come with other microgravity testing methods creates a market potential for this modular system. The aim of the microgravity project is to achieve a microgravity environment though the free-fall of a monocoque containing a testing compartment for CubeSats. The higher the quality of the microgravity environment, the more customers will pay for the testing services. The Controls Group focused on using a reaction wheel system to stabilize the package during free-fall, improving the quality of the microgravity environment.

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