Date

6-2017

Degree Name

BS in Mechanical Engineering

Department

Mechanical Engineering Department

Advisor(s)

Eileen Rossman

Abstract

This project is a proof-of-concept ground model of a large deployable antenna designed for the small space requirements of CubeSats. This small deployment module is designed to fit a 2 m by 1 m reflective antenna inside a storage volume of with the dimensions 20 cm by 20 cm x 40 cm. The reflector will be deployed to a parabolic shape with the goal of modeling the reflector necessary for high frequency communication. Because this module is designed as a proof-of-concept for the deployable parabolic reflector specifically, no electrical components will be incorporated and will just focus on the deployment mechanism and will not be space grade. Because this module is designed as a first iteration, it has the potential to be built upon and improved by other groups in the future.