P18101: CubeSat Solar Sail

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation

Table of Contents

Team Vision for Final Demo and Handoff

Tasks Accomplished:

Test Results Summary

All of the test plans described in previous phases have been completed. Although most tests determined that the target objectives were met, there were some that were not. These consisted of the sail size that could come out of the CubeSat being too small, the sensors being unreliable during deployment, and deployment from the CubeSat. All of these issues were discussed with the customer and will be addressed by future design teams or by a higher budget to purchase a thinner sail material. The full test plans and results can be seen here.

Risk and Problem Tracking

Risk Assessment

Risk Assessment

Risk Assessment

Problem Tracking

Continuous modification on the problems that arose during the previous phase occurred was the primary focus of the team during this phase. One main issue arose with the use of a voltage regulator to increase the power to the motor. There was a constant drop across the H-bridge, which caused issues that had to be addressed by the team. Problem Tracking

MAA Seaway Section Meeting Conference

On Saturday April 14th Michael and Victor traveled to Brockport NY to present the team's project in a student poster session at the 2018 MAA Seaway Section Meeting. The pair discussed both the senior design project and the concepts of CubeSats and Solar Sails to conference attendees for an hour and a half. Although our poster was unique among pure math projects, we met several individuals very interested in our technology. Mike and Victor also gained valuable experience describing the project to fresh ears, a skill that will be invaluable at Imagine RIT.

Final Project Documentation

Technical Paper

Technical Paper

Imagine RIT Poster

The team's poster design was based off of the poster used by the team during the Boeing event in February 2018. The team's final poster, which was used during Imagine RIT, can be found here. This design includes actual photos of the final product, and elaborates more on specifics of the design and manufacturing process than the initial version did. In addition, acknowledgments and other more formal elements were included within the finalized poster.

Project Handoff Documents

Linked here are the Assembly Drawing and the Deployment Mechanism Sub-Assembly Drawing. All other Mechanical Drawings, CAD Files, the Electronics Schematic, Microcontroller code, and all other major project documents are in the table below.
Project Management Design Tools Design Documentation Implementation Validation Presentation & Dissemination


Customer Needs

Engineering Requirements

Engineering Schedule


Risk Management

Problem Management

Use Case One

Use Case Two


Functional Decomposition

Morphological Chart

Benchmarking Pugh Chart

Concept Pugh Chart


Mechanical Drawings

CAD Files

Arduino Code

Electrical Schematic


Test Plans and Results

Design Review Documents

Technical Paper


Imagine RIT Exhibit

"Lightning Talk" Video

Functional Demo Materials

Plans for Wrap-up

Tasks to Complete:

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