Year of Graduation
Thesis (Senior Honors)
This thesis details the redesign of a reproducible, low-resource instrumentation package for deployment on multipoint sensorcraft arrays. Distributed arrays of sensors allow for the collection of simultaneous multipoint data. This instrumentation package provides power, digitization, timing and telemetry for two suborbital auroral thermal ion sensors. This thesis addressed limitations of a previous design, including measurement synchronization, external interfaces, and customizability. Fabrication and integration procedures developed for the redesigned package were implemented throughout the fabrication of 29 devices built for NASA sounding rockets. Results are presented from the 2019 launch of Sub-Tec 8. Recommendations are made for future design iterations.
Dartmouth Digital Commons Citation
Nordhoff, Ruth, "A Low Resource Instrumentation Package for Thermal Ion Sensors" (2020). ENGS 88 Honors Thesis (AB Students). 14.