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Theses/Project Reports from 2015

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Divergent Plume Reduction of a High-Efficiency Multistage Plasma Thruster, Christopher M. Barlog

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The Creation, Analysis, and Verification of a Comprehensive Model of a Micro Ion Thruster, Maxwell J. Bodnar

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AXISYMMETRIC BI-PROPELLANT AIR AUGMENTED ROCKET TESTING WITH ANNULAR CAVITY MIXING ENHANCEMENT, Allen A. C. Capatina

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Spacecraft Trajectory Optimization Suite (STOpS): Optimization of Multiple Gravity Assist Spacecraft Trajectories Using Modern Optimization Techniques, Timothy J. Fitzgerald

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DEVELOPMENT OF TOOLS NEEDED FOR RADIATION ANALYSIS OF A CUBESAT DEPLOYER USING OLTARIS, MaryCarmen Gonzalez-Dorbecker

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MODELING AND TEST OF THE EFFICIENCY OF ELECTRONIC SPEED CONTROLLERS FOR BRUSHLESS DC MOTORS, Clayton R. Green

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Inductive Monitoring Systems: A CubeSat Ground-Based Prototype, Michelle Haddock

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A Customer Value Assessment Process (CVAP) for Ballistic Missile Defense, Alex Hernandez

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DESIGN METHODS FOR REMOTELY POWERED UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES, William Beaman Howe

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Open Source Toolkit for Reentry Object Modeling, Christopher Lloyd Ostrom II

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Inlet Shape Considerations For Split-Wing Electric Distributed Propulsion, Kurt VonderHaar Papathakis

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STRUCTURAL MICROMETEOROID AND RADIATION SHIELDING FOR INTERPLANETARY SPACECRAFT, Jared Allen Ruekberg

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Development of CPANEL, An Unstructured Panel Code, Using a Modified TLS Velocity Formulation, Christopher R. Satterwhite

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Experimental Investigation of Drag Reduction by Trailing Edge Tabs on a Square Based Bluff Body in Ground Effect, Scott R. Sawyer

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Interplanetary Ridesharing: Exploring Potential CubeSat Trajectories, Liam Colin Smith

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An Investigation to Detect Delamination in Composite Laminated Plates Under Dynamic Loading, Jason Christopher Starnes

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Effect of Sustainable and Composite Materials on the Mechanical Behavior of Sandwich Panels under Edgewise Compressive Loading, Justin A. Tafoya

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HYBRID ROCKET MOTOR SCALING PROCESS, Joseph B. R. Vanherweg

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Development of an Interactive Wave Drag Capability for the OpenVSP Parametric Geometry Tool, Michael Jon Waddington

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Validation of a CFD Approach for Gas Turbine Internal Cooling Passage Heat Transfer Prediction, Daniel G. Wilde

Theses/Project Reports from 2014

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Analysis of Tumble Rate and Spin Axis Orientation for Rocket Bodies near Geostationary Altitude, Kimberly Andersen

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Effect of Adaptive Tabs on Drag of a Square-Base Bluff Body, Brian W. Barker

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Effects of Low Velocity Impact on the Flexural Strength of Composite Sandwich Structures, Jeffrey Scott Carter

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Flight Testing Small UAVs for Aerodynamic Parameter Estimation, Adam Thomas Chase

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Development of Safety Standards for CubeSat Propulsion Systems, Liam Jon Cheney

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Control of a Spacecraft Using Mixed Momentum Exchange Devices, Blake J. Currie

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Applied Mass Properties Identification Method to the Cal Poly's Spacecraft Simulator, Long H. Dam

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Autonomous Close Formation Flight of Small UAVs Using Vision-Based Localization, Michael B. Darling

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On the Growth Rate of Turbulent Mixing Layers: A New Parametric Model, Jeffrey L. Freeman

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The Effects of Atomic Oxygen on the Outgassing Properties of Spacecraft Materials, Eli Z. Gurnee

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A PARETO-FRONTIER ANALYSIS OF PERFORMANCE TRENDS FOR SMALL REGIONAL COVERAGE LEO CONSTELLATION SYSTEMS, Christopher Alan Hinds

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Modification of the Cal Poly Spacecraft Simulator System for Robust Control Law Verification, TOMOYUKI KATO

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Experimental Study of Delay of Separation on a NACA 0015 Wing Model Using Synthetic Jet Actuators, Alan M. L'Esperance

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STUDY THE EFFECTS OF CORE ORIENTATION AND DIFFERENT FACE THICKNESSES ON MECHANICAL BEHAVIOR OF HONEYCOMB SANDWICH STRUCTURES UNDER THREE POINT BENDING, Joshua m. Lister

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A Study on the Vibrational Performance Characteristics of an E22 Isolator After Outgassing and Bake-out, Alma Melendez

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Improving and Expanding the Capabilities of the Poly-Picosatellite Orbital Deployer, David Pignatelli

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Reduced-Order Reference Models for Adaptive Control of Space Structures, Alexander I. Scherling

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Experimental Investigation of Active Wingtip Vortex Control using Synthetic Jet Actuators, Peter J. Sudak

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COLD FLOW PERFORMANCE OF A RAMJET ENGINE, Harrison G. Sykes

Theses/Project Reports from 2013

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Micrometeoroid Fluence Variation in Critical Orbits due to Asteroid Disruption, Eliot Dan Aretskin-Hariton

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ENABLING RAPID CONCEPTUAL DESIGN USING GEOMETRY- BASED MULTI-FIDELITY MODELS IN VSP, Joel Brian Belben

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A STUDY OF THE COLLISIONAL EVOLUTION OF ORBITAL DEBRIS IN GEOPOTENTIAL WELLS AND GEO DISPOSAL ORBITS, Christina R. Diaz

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Analysis and Mitigation of the CubeSat Dynamic Environment, Steve M. Furger

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Design and Performance of Circulation Control Geometries, Rory Martin Golden Mr.

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Analysis of an Inflatable Gossamer Device to Efficiently De-Orbit CubeSats, Robert A. Hawkins Jr.

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Feasibility of Microsatellite Active Debris Removal Systems, Karsten J. James

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AXISYMMETRIC AIR AUGMENTED METHANOL/GOX ROCKET MIXING DUCT EXPERIMENTAL THRUST STUDY, Kyle Jacob Johnson

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An Experimental Investigation of the STOL Performance of Cal Poly's AMELIA in the NFAC, Jonathan Andrew Lichtwardt

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THE EFFECT OF SENSOR MASS, SENSOR LOCATION, AND DELAMINATION LOCATION OF DIFFERENT COMPOSITE STRUCTURES UNDER DYNAMIC LOADING, Albert Darien Liu

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UAV Formation Flight Utilizing a Low Cost, Open Source Configuration, Christian W. Lopez

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System Design Considerations and the Feasibility of Passively Compensated, Permanent Magnet, Iron-Core Compulsators to Power Small Railgun Platforms, Collin Taylor MacGregor

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Design, Fabrication, and Testing of an EMR Based Orbital Debris Impact Testing Platform, Jeffrey J. Maniglia Jr

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Adaptive Control Techniques for Transition-to-Hover Flight of Fixed-Wing UAVs, Brian Decimo Marchini

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Computational and Experimental Comparison of a Powered Lift, Upper Surface Blowing Configuration, Jay M. Marcos

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NUMERICAL FLOW FIELD ANALYSIS OF AN AIR AUGMENTED ROCKET USING THE AXISYMMETRIC METHOD OF CHARACTERISTICS, Jeffrey Massman

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Hollow Plume Mitigation of a High-Efficiency Multistage Plasma Thruster, Scott Alan McGrail

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ATTITUDE ESTIMATION FOR A GRAVITY GRADIENT MOMENTUM BIASED NANOSATELLITE, Arash Mehrparvar

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Characterization of the Effects of a Sun-Synchronous Orbit Slot Architecture on the Earth's Orbital Debris Environment, Connor David Noyes

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Qualitative Methods Used to Develop and Characterize the Circulation Control System on Cal Poly's AMELIA, Eric N. Paciano

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Thermal Modeling and Validation Testing of a Miniature Xenon Ion Thruster, Samuel R. Parker

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Improvement of Electromagnetic Railgun Barrel Performance and Lifetime by Method of Interfaces and Augmented Projectiles, Aleksey D. Pavlov

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The Feasibility and Application of Observing Small LEO Satellites with Amateur Telescopes, Brock Schmalzel

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A Gravity Gradient, Momentum-Biased Attitude Control System for A CubeSat, Ryan J. Sellers

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Investigation into the Mitigation of the Effects of Uncertain Optical Degradation on an Interplanetary Solar Sail Mission Using a Single Model Update, Jordan Smiroldo

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THERMAL ANALYSIS OF A MONOPROPELLANT MICROPROPULSION SYSTEM FOR A CUBESAT, Erin C. Stearns

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EFFECTS OF DAMAGE ARRESTMENT DEVICES ON THE FATIGUE LIFE OF IMPACTED COMPOSITE SANDWICH BEAMS, Yvette Vanessa Wood

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AD-HOC REGIONAL COVERAGE CONSTELLATIONS OF CUBESATS USING SECONDARY LAUNCHES, Guy G. Zohar

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Effect of Fatigue Cycle Loading Amplitude Tension-Tension on Composite Laminated Plates with Initial Delamination, Walter Zuluaga