Space Mission Design – Psychonauts


Pennsylvania State University


Iron Class (2018 – 2019)

Student Team

Adam Cheskey, Aerospace Engineering
Luke Dionne, Aerospace Engineering
Tyler Gerhold, Aerospace Engineering
Austin Mytych, Aerospace Engineering
Christian Stair, Aerospace Engineering
Nicholas Stawinski, Aerospace Engineering
My-Hao Vo, Aerospace Engineering

Academic Guidance

Dr. David Spencer, Professor, Aerospace Engineering

Project Description

A Request for Proposals was released for capstone teams to design a follow-up mission to the Psyche asteroid. The follow-up mission needed to assume that a certain science objective was met, and design a mission that would further explore that discovery. This team was given the possible scenario that a magnetic field was discovered at the asteroid by the Psyche spacecraft.

This work was created in partial fulfillment of Pennsylvania State University Capstone Courses “AERSP 401A-401B”. 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.