Date of Award


Degree Name

MS in Electrical Engineering


Electrical Engineering


Fred Depiero


A relatively new picosatellite standard, CubeSats have traditionally been used for simple educational missions. As CubeSats become more complex and utilize more complex sensors such as imagers, they gain enhanced credibility as satellite platforms.

Imaging systems on CubeSats have the potential to be used for a variety of uses, such as earth and weather monitoring, attitude determination, and remote sensing. However the size and power limitations of CubeSats pose an interesting challenge to the design of a capable, robust imaging system.

This thesis outlines the objectives and requirements of CP-3’s imaging system, and describes the development process and methods. Test results from the imaging system are included, as well as lessons learned gleaned from CP-3’s on-orbit operations.

This document can serve as a guideline for other teams wishing to develop imaging systems. While other developers may have different requirements or constraints, this roadmap illustrates each of the many considerations that must be taken into account when designing an imaging system.