Xenon Flow Controller – CSU


Cleveland State University

Arizona State University (Tempe Campus)


Iron Class (2018 – 2019)

Student Team

Abraham Coria, Engineering Management (ASU)
Daniel Jindra, Mechanical Engineering (CSU)
Harnavdeep Kaur, Mechanical Engineering (CSU)
Dan Londrico, Mechanical Engineering (CSU)
Malavika Patel, Mechanical Engineering (CSU)
Adam Wallaart, Electrical Engineering (CSU)
Eric Wonkovich, Mechanical Engineering (CSU)

Scientific & Technical Guidance

Dr. Jason Frieman, NASA Glenn Research Center

Academic Guidance

Michael Gallagher, Assistant Professor of Practice, CSU Mechanical Engineering Department
Dr. Daniel McCarville, Professor of Practice, ASU School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering

Project Description

The goal of this project was to create a design of a xenon flow controller that would adjust the mass flow rate of xenon, as desired by a flight computer, to the thrusters.

This work was created in partial fulfillment of Arizona State University Capstone Courses “IEE 485-486” and Cleveland State University Capstone Courses “EEC 493-494” and “MCE 450-451”. 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.