My name is Joshua Lyzhoft. I am currently a senior in Aerospace Engineering and am expected to graduate in May of 2012. Ever since freshmen year, I have been participating in SAE aero-design competition, which deals with designing an aircraft for heavy lifting. I chose to participate in undergraduate research both because it is fun and because it helps to expand upon the learning experience. After graduation, I would like to continue my education in spacecraft dynamics.
My research deals with developing the equations of motion for a satellite. This is in reference to the Japanese Hayabusa mission. Currently I am working with a two-dimensional model that does not incorporate solar panel attachment. For future work, I would like to set up a spring damper system between the main body of the satellite and two particle solar panels. After this is complete, I would like to try to move into a three dimensional model.
Final Paper: Spacecraft Dynamic Modeling