Space Mission Design – ANIMA


Arizona State University (Tempe Campus)


Cobalt Class (2019 – 2020)


Avi Brahmbhatt, Aerospace Engineering (Astronautics), Physics (Double Major)
Carlos Fajardo, Aerospace Engineering (Astronautics)
Miguel Lugo Gomez, Aerospace Engineering (Astronautics)
Teresa McBryan, Aerospace Engineering (Astronautics)
Nicholas Naber, Aerospace Engineering (Astronautics)


Charles Boehmer, Instructor, School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy, ASU


This project is a design for a hypothesized follow-on mission to NASA’s Psyche Mission. The follow-on mission will build on the science results of the original Psyche Mission and is open ended in terms of spacecraft and mission design. The imagined launch date for the Psyche Follow-On Mission is in the 2030 time frame. Options may include operations ranging from orbiting the asteroid, landing on the asteroid, or a sample return from the asteroid, and will be determined by trade studies that are conducted by the team.

This work was created in partial fulfillment of Arizona State University Capstone Courses “AEE 445”. The work is a result of the Psyche Student Collaborations component of NASA’s Psyche Mission ( “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.