2019 College of Engineering Design Day - Aerospace Engineering Teams


The annual SDSU College of Engineering Spring 2019 Design Day was held on May 8, 2019. This event showcases the exciting and innovative design projects that our undergraduate Engineering students have been creating during the 2018-2019 Academic Year. Each of the Senior Design classes in Aerospace Engineering, Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering participate in over 85+ projects on interactive display! Click here for more information.


Dynamic Avionic Systems

MEMBERS: Aziel Blanco, Jason Centanni , Pedro Chavarria, Nasry Jawaad, Jemper Marvin, Austen Thompson
ADVISOR: Jeremy Nelson - Faculty Lecturer, SDSU Aerospace Engineering

DAS one
Fighter jet with two missions, one is a ferry mission and one is a combat mission.

Fire Watch CubeSat

MEMBERS: Jewar Doski, Stephan Paessler, Karl Parks, Ewald Polifrone, Schon Siguenza
ADVISOR: Dr. Ahmad Bani Younes, Assistant Professor, SDSU Aerospace Engineering

Fire Watch CubeSat
Fire Watch is a 3U cube satellite that is designed to monitor California’s countryside for wildfire outbreaks. This will be accomplished by using an infrared sensor that scans for thermal abnormalities and relays the information to fire authorities. Fire Watch utilizes a high speed asymmetric laser communication system to rapidly relay data to ground stations, as well as a redundant RF antenna system to send and receive mission commands.

Instant Mapping Atmospheric Probe

MEMBERS: Matt Darrow, Jennifer Martin, Jaymee Panian, Claire Pray, Eric Ralls, Levi Schlapfer
ADVISOR: Dr. Ahmad Bani Younes, Assistant Professor, SDSU Aerospace Engineering

Instant Mapping Atmospheric Probe (IMAP)
Atmospheric composition levels of foreign planets and moons have previously been understood through Earth-based observations. However, their environments and atmospheres are constantly changing. In order to gather specific information of an extraterrestrial atmosphere, Elevated Celestial Technologies is in the development process of a CubeSat system designed to characterize the atmosphere of any celestial body.

Project SPAMS

MEMBERS: Jesus Arellano, Daniel Hillis, Phong Huynh, Claire Quento, Kyl Stanfield, Mike Stromecki
ADVISOR: Dr. Ahmad Bani Younes, Assistant Professor, SDSU Aerospace Engineering

Project SPAMS
Project SPAMS is a Space Propulsive Atmospheric Measurement Satellite that was designed to measure the concentration of several gases of Earth’s atmosphere at a low earth orbit for the purpose of detecting change in atmospheric concentrations around the planet. The satellite is a 6U CubeSat that has a mission designed to last several years at an altitude of 300km. SPAMS is developing a flight model to demonstrate the mission design concept including the structural and attitude determination control systems.

Solar Sailors

MEMBERS: Victor Amaya, Nathan Dolan, Dalton Fletcher, Adrian Juarez, Francisco Magana, Matthew Morgan
ADVISOR: Dr. Ahmad Bani Younes, Assistant Professor, SDSU Aerospace Engineering

Debris Acceleration and Reentry Satellite (DARSat) will accelerate the orbital decay of space debris that pose a risk to current and future space missions. After being launched, the satellite will rendezvous with the intended piece of debris and deploy its deorbit sail. The sail increases the profile of the satellite allowing increased atmospheric drag to deorbit the vehicle. The satellite will remain permanently with the debris until both drop low enough to be destroyed upon reentry by frictional heating.


MEMBERS: Joshua Hunt, Manolo Laguna, David Nguyen, Michael Walker, Rodrigo Zamora
ADVISOR: Jeremy Nelson - Northrop Grumman

TX-2 Fledgling
The TX-2 Fledgling is designed to be the US Air Force’s next premier trainer for advanced undergraduate pilot training replacing the T-38 Talon. Equipped with 150 square inch Large Area Displays, and the latest avionics suite, this aircraft is designed to train and prepare America’s up and coming fighter pilots for the 21st century and beyond.


MEMBERS: Lonsdale Adeoye, Matthew Beranek, Matthew Jones, Colin McCaskill, William Winsby
ADVISOR: Dr. Ahmad Bani Younes, Assistant Professor, SDSU Aerospace Engineering
SPONSOR: SDSU Aerospace Engineering Department

Wave Height Monitoring Using a CubeSat Satellite
Using our own 3U CubeSat, WaveSat will use GPS satellites orbiting the Earth to perform readings of the ocean’s surface using GNSS-R (Global Navigation Satellite System Reflectometry), our CubeSat will have two signals to pick up: a direct signal from a GPS satellite and an Earth-reflected signal from that same GPS satellite. The CubeSat will receive these two signals on any of its four GPS receiving antennas, then measure the difference in signal strength. The On Board Computer will determine wave height.