Research in Engineering and Aviation

PASSat: A Cubesat Student Design Project for Active Control System Development and Verification

2009

Author(s): S. Jayaram, D. Rooney, C. Shotridge, M. Roseman, J. Aschenbrenner

“PASSat: A Cubesat Student Design Project for Active Control System Development and Verification”, 2009 ASEE Conference and Exhibit, Austin TX.

Abstract

The CubeSat program at Saint Louis University’s Parks College is a highly educational and valuable program for engineering students. Students gain a large spectrum of knowledge; both theory and real world based, and obtain valuable hands-on design experience. PASSat is a 10 x 10 x 10 cm picosatellite weighing approximately one kilogram and is completely designed and built by multi-disciplinary undergraduate students. PASSat (Parks Actively Stabilized Satellite) has provided the students with knowledge and experience in the fields of spacecraft structures, attitude control and determination, project management, teamwork, communication, and design process. This paper will describe the current pico satellite design PASSat; describing the satellite, its mission, systems engineering, vehicle design and overall organization and management. The paper will also discuss the student educational benefits.