Date of Submission

Spring 4-29-2019

Project Type

Senior Design


Aerospace Engineering


Mechanical Engineering


Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology

Committee Chair/First Advisor

Dr. Adeel Khalid


This design project is in response to an AIAA RFP (Request-For-Proposal) to build a compact, durable, non-hinged solar array to be deployed from a spacecraft on its way from the Earth to Mars. The solar array structures are used to provide the continual supply of power to operate onboard equipment. A large array will be required but must fit within the fairing of the launch vehicle. Origami principles will be utilized to fit the given constrained stored volume of 10 cm3 while satisfying the power requirements and avoiding structural complications due to tight folds.