Future Spacecraft Materials


Arizona State University (Tempe Campus)


Cobalt Class (2019 – 2020)


Priscilla Agyemang, Materials Science and Engineering
Adam Brackney, Materials Science and Engineering
Vincent Despain, Materials Science and Engineering
Marissa Jimenez, Materials Science and Engineering
Anthony Neitzke, Materials Science and Engineering


Emma Bradford, Materials & Processes, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory


Dr. Jim Adams, Professor, School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy, ASU


For this capstone project, the goal was to make material selection for 1500 kg of fasteners with the following properties as per JPL:

  • Specific mechanical properties to exceed those of A286 stainless steel
  • Relative Magnetic Permeability near 1 to reduce noise in magnetometer data
  • Negligible nickel content to reduce noise in spectrometer data
  • Short Lead Time

This work was created in partial fulfillment of Arizona State University Capstone Courses “MSE 489-490. The work is a result of the Psyche Student Collaborations component of NASA’s Psyche Mission (https://psyche.asu.edu). “Psyche: A Journey to a Metal World” [Contract number NNM16AA09C] is part of the NASA Discovery Program mission to solar system targets. Trade names and trademarks of ASU and NASA are used in this work for identification only. Their usage does not constitute an official endorsement, either expressed or implied, by Arizona State University or National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of ASU or NASA.