Iron Meteorite Imaging System – Lighting


California State University – Los Angeles


Copper Class (2021 – 2022)


David A. Strickland, Mechanical Engineering
Reny Takeda, Mechanical Engineering
Damian Herrera, Mechanical Engineering
David Reyes, Mechanical Engineering


Dr. Laurence Garvie, Research Professor, ASU Center for Meteorite Studies
Dr. Tim McCoy, Curator-in-Charge, US National Meteorite Collection, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History


Everardo Hernandez, Lecturer, Department of Mechanical Engineering, CSULA
Dr. Ted Nye, Instructor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, CSULA
Dr. Mike Thorburn, Director of Capstone Senior Design, CSULA


To assist in the collection of data from meteorites here on Earth, the MISPM team was tasked with providing a system prototype that will enable a technician to capture high quality images of meteorite samples of varying shapes and sizes by securely holding the sample while positioning vertically at a desired distance and then orienting the face of the sample normal to the imaging device.

This work was created in partial fulfillment of CSULA Capstone Course ME4972. 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.