EPICS Interpretive Demonstration


Arizona State University (Tempe Campus)


Titanium Class (2017 – 2018)

Student Team

Robert Christianson, Aerospace Engineering
Cameron Janda, Mechanical Engineering
Alta Khan, Electrical Engineering
Christopher Laine, Aerospace Engineering
Andrew Murza, Computer Systems Engineering
Adriana Talamante, Engineering Management

Academic Guidance

Stephanie Gillespie, Lecturer, ASU Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering
Dr. Joseph Juarez, Lecturer, ASU Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering

Project Description

The purpose of this project was to create opportunities for outreach, specifically within kindergarten through 12th graders. Primarily, it was important to create awareness for the mission as a whole. The Psyche mission wanted people to be able to follow the mission, and since this is a relatively new mission it was important to start outreach now. Therefore, people can follow it up to the actual take-off. It was also critical for them to create outreach for this mission in particular because unlike other missions, Psyche consists of an orbiter rather than a lander. An orbiter, unlike a lander, is both more difficult to explain and more difficult for people to be interested in. Lastly, it was important as a whole to create interest and spark curiosity for STEM. The project works through the scanning of QR codes using a phone, replicating the motion of a satellite. This leads them to the Psyche Website, where their scanning progress is tracked, building a bigger picture of the Psyche Mission.

This work was created in partial fulfillment of Arizona State University Course “FSE 494”. 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.