Date of Defense


Date of Graduation



Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

First Advisor

William Liou

Second Advisor

Shrabanti Roy


The evaluation of neutral winds is critical in understanding the ever-changing weather and climate of the thermosphere, which can develop into a hostile environment for satellites. To measure these neutral winds, Michigan Aerospace Corporation is developing a 6U CubeSat that utilizes a miniaturized Fabry-Perot interferometer. For ideal operation, the Fabry-Perot interferometer requires a closely maintained thermal environment. These requirements are crucial in obtaining accurate measurements and for sustaining instrument and mission life due to the vast temperature range experienced in the thermosphere. With the solutions outlined in this proposal, the goal is to provide Michigan Aerospace with an optimized configuration of thermal control designs to conform to the strict temperature requirements proposed. Estimations of the temperature of the CubeSat through orbit will be simulated through SatTherm. Verification of the optimal configuration of passive and active designs will be done by extensive thermal modeling through the SOLIDWORKS Thermal Analysis package.


Co-authored with:

Luke Bartley

Lukas Hayes

Justin Poole

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access