Title

Tesseract

Date

6-2015

Degree Name

BS in Mechanical Engineering

Department

Mechanical Engineering Department

Advisor(s)

John Fabijanic

Abstract

PolySat is a student-run, Cal Poly research program in which students develop small satellites, known as CubeSats, to be sent into space. Since the start of the program in 2000, PolySat has developed eight 10cm x 10cm x10cm CubeSats. Recently, the team has developed two satellites of double, and triple, that size for NASA-KSC & AI-Solutions and the National Science Foundation. The recent volumetric expansion has been driven by high demand for further satellite functionality, which necessitates large power generation capabilities. To remain competitive in the growing CubeSat industry, PolySat must develop a platform that can provide enough power to the increasingly complex systems residing inside the spacecraft. To accomplish this task, the PolySat team wishes to develop a mechanical structure that will facilitate this increased power requirement. The desired structure has been designed, built, and tested. It is called Tesseract.