Date Approved


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Degree Name

M.S. Electrical and Computer Engineering


Electrical and Computer Engineering


Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering

First Advisor

Schmalzel, John L.

Second Advisor

Shin, Sangho

Third Advisor

Haas, Francis M.


Nanosatellites; Transducers; Microcomputers--Buses


Electrical and Computer Engineering


This thesis proposes the adaptation of the IEEE 1451 Transducer Electronic Data Sheet (TEDS) for usage in spacecraft subsystems. In the 1990s, TEDS initially were developed as a standardized method to provide metadata required for the operation of a transducer by a microcontroller or data acquisition device. The metadata provides information that identifies and documents key characteristics of the transducer, thereby facilitating plug-and-play interoperability within a system and across networks. An overarching goal of this thesis is to make a case for adapting and extending the TEDS concept as a means for self-describing critical physical components of a CubeSat nanosatellite. This work explores the potential to adapt electronic data sheets to support a more complex system of systems not defined by existing TEDS framework and templates. CubeSat application is assessed and demonstrated utilizing the eXtensible Electronic Data Sheet (XEDS) provision that is described in the IEEE 1451 standard.