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Theses/Project Reports from 2018

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MICRO-NOZZLE SIMULATION AND TEST FOR AN ELECTROTHERMAL PLASMA THRUSTER, Tyler J. Croteau

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Exploring the Concept of a Deep Space Solar-Powered Small Spacecraft, Kian Guillaume Crowley

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Investigating Forward Flight Multirotor Wind Tunnel Testing in a 3-by 4-foot Wind Tunnel, Reed Danis

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Single Camera Photogrammetry MATLAB Solver Developed for Automation of the Oil Interferometry Process, Hunter Michael Dunn

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Modeling and Simulation of Vehicle Performance in a UAV Swarm Using Horizon Simulation Framework, Adam J. Frye

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ORBITAL CONSTELLATION DESIGN AND ANALYSIS USING SPHERICAL TRIGONOMETRY AND GENETIC ALGORITHMS: A MISSION LEVEL DESIGN TOOL FOR SINGLE POINT COVERAGE ON ANY PLANET, Joseph R. Gagliano

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UTILIZING PERMANENT ON-BOARD WATER STORAGE FOR EFFICIENT DEEP SPACE RADIATION SHIELDING, Nathan Ryan Gehrke

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Investigating the Effect of an Upstream Spheroid on Tandem Hydrofoils, Joel Tynan Guerra

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Generating Exploration Mission-3 Trajectories to a 9:2 NRHO using Machine Learning, Esteban Guzman

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The Design and Implementation of a Supersonic Indraft Tube Wind Tunnel for the Demonstration of Supersonic Flows, Daniel Kenneth Johnson

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Electrode Geometry Effects in an Electrothermal Plasma Microthruster, Harrison Raymond King

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Determining Feasibility of a Propulsionless Microsatellite Formation Flight Mission, Aaron Levis

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Use of Manifolds in the Insertion of Ballistic Cycler Trajectories, Oliver K. Morrison

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SysML Output Interface and System-Level Requirement Analyzer for the Horizon Simulation Framework, Viren Kishor Patel

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Interplanetary Transfer Trajectories Using the Invariant Manifolds of Halo Orbits, Megan S. Rund

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MODIFICATION OF A GROUND BASED ATOMIC OXYGEN SIMULATION APPARATUS TO ACCOMMODATE THREE DIMENSIONAL SPECIMENS, Charles Ward, Charles Ward, and Charles Ward

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Thermal Vacuum Chamber Refurbishment and Analysis, Adrian Michael Williams

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Orbital Optimization of Interplanetary Trajectories with Environmental Perturbations, Eric S. Woods

Theses/Project Reports from 2017

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Alternative Mission Concepts for the Exploration of Outer Planets Using Small Satellite Swarms, Andrew Gene Blocher

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Whitespace Exploration, Jason Lloyd Daniel

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Atomic Oxygen Considerations For LEO De-Orbit Trajectories Using Solar Sails, Daniel A. Fugett

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Refurbished and 3D Modeled Thermal Vacuum Chamber, Lauren M. Glenn

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Effects of Atomic Oxygen on the Vacuum-Induced Mass Loss Properties of a Variety of Spacecraft Materials, Tyler Harty

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A COMPARISON STUDY OF COMPOSITE LAMINATED PLATES WITH HOLES UNDER TENSION, Joun S. Kim

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OPTIMUM DESIGN OF COMPOSITE WING SPAR SUBJECTED TO FATIGUE LOADINGS, Juan Reuben Lazarin

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Modeling and Simulation of a Sounding Rocket Active Stabilization System, Steven M. MacLean

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An Investigation of Avian Wing Tip Vortex Generation Using a Biomimetic Approach, David Stewart Martin

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Wing Deflection Analysis of 3D Printed Wind Tunnel Models, Matthew G. Paul

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The Collisional Evolution of Orbital Debris in Geopotential Wells and Disposal Orbits, Benjamin Polzine

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MASS ESTIMATION THROUGH FUSION OF ASTROMETRIC AND PHOTOMETRIC DATA COLLECTION WITH APPLICATION TO HIGH AREA-TO-MASS RATIO OBJECTS, Matthew Richardson

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Manufacturing and Instrumentation of an Open End Compressed Air Shock Tube, Josue O. Ruiz

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SPACECRAFT TRAJECTORY OPTIMIZATION SUITE (STOPS): OPTIMIZATION OF LOW-THRUST INTERPLANETARY SPACECRAFT TRAJECTORIES USING MODERN OPTIMIZATION TECHNIQUES, Shane P. Sheehan

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Orbital Determination Feasibility of LEO Nanosatellites Using Small Aperture Telescopes, Michael R. Strange

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The Effect of Biocomposite Material In A Composite Structure Under Compression Loading, Benjamin Andrew Sweeney

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