Date of Award


Document Type



Santa Clara: Santa Clara University, 2014.

First Advisor

Nikola Djordjevic

Second Advisor

Robert Marks


The goal of this project is to develop a nanosatellite thermal testing chamber for the Robotic Systems Laboratory at Santa Clara University. The nanosatellite industry has thrived in recent years and continues to grow at the level of universities and small businesses. To meet this demand, the team designed and built a testing bed capable of achieving environmental conditions adequate for testing nanosatellite hardware as a low-cost and low-maintenance alternative to more expensive and robust systems. Furthermore, the design can be fully manufactured and assembled at the university or small business level with inexpensive, sustainable, and commercially available components. The final product will save money and decrease energy consumption while fully realizing the thermal testing needs for nanosatellite communication hardware.