Date of Defense


First Advisor

Dr. James Kamman

Second Advisor

Les Johnson, NASA


Research is currently being conducted on possible methods to study Earth's atmosphere. One plan is for an Atmospheric Tether Mission to study the plasma and atmosphere in the lower regions of the mesosphere and lower thermosphere and ionosphere. An endmass probe, which houses eleven on-board instruments, was designed for exploration of this region. The endmass was designed to be aerodynamically efficient and capable of maneuverability in both free molecular flow and continuum flow regions. This endmass probe can be deployed from an orbiting space shuttle for a six-day mission to collect data.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only