Hypothesized Surface: Landing System – UT Tyler


University of Texas at Tyler


Copper Class (2021 – 2022)


Ashley Dixon, Mechanical Engineering
Emila Nikole Lopez, Mechanical Engineering
Tien Quoc Ngo, Mechanical Engineering
Edwin Saldivar, Mechanical Engineering
Branson Colt Spinks, Mechanical Engineering


Mr. Edward Farina, Manager, Engineering Fabrication Laboratory and Machine Shop, UT Tyler


Dr. Muath Salim, Assistant Professor of Instruction, Mechanical Engineering, UT Tyler


The purpose of our project was to consider possible future surface exploration of Psyche, design a landing system that can safely land on the Psyche asteroid, and design the landing system to be able to land on various types of hypothetical surfaces.

This work was created in partial fulfillment of The University of Texas at Tyler Capstone Course “MENG 4216”. 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.