Date of Award
Master of Science
Department of Systems Engineering and Management
Clay M. Koschnick, PhD
Low Earth Orbit (LEO) is becoming an increasingly congested orbital regime. As a result, propulsion systems on CubeSats are becoming a more desirable feature to provide them with collision avoidance capabilities. To date, there have been very few CubeSat launches with a propulsion system on them. Due to the relatively high cost of a propulsion system compared to the budget of small educational organizations, a decision analysis model is needed so that these organizations can make the best decision between whether to purchase a Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) product or to develop one within the organization. This research applies three decision analysis methods: Simple Multi-Attribute Rating Technique with Swing weights (SMARTS), the Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP), and Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA). A comparison of the strengths and weaknesses of these methods when applied to the propulsion system selection problem is then conducted.
DTIC Accession Number
Pilcher, Jared L., "Comparison of Decision Analysis Methods for a CubeSat Propulsion System" (2021). Theses and Dissertations. 4954.