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Daniel Sakoda
Faculty Associate - Research
Mail Code: SP/Sd
Space Systems Academic Group
Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Monterey, CA 93943
Phone: 831-656-3198
Email: dsakoda (at)
MS - Naval Postgraduate School, 1992
BS - University of Illinois, 1986
  • Additive Manufacturing: Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) '3D Printing'
  • Space Systems Engineering: Design, Simulation and Testing of Aerospace Structures; Spacecraft Thermal Design, Simulation and Test; Small Satellite Design Studies.
  • Spacecraft design tools (Mechanical CAD/CAE, Orbital Mechanics)
  • Space vehicle testing
  • Small satellite technology
  • AIAA Senior Member
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS: (View an extended list)
  • "NPSAT-1 Random Vibration Test Report," D. Sakoda, R. Phelps, J. Horning, NPS Technical Report, NPS-SSAG-17-001, January 2017.
  • "Report of NPSAT1 Battery Thermal Contact Resistance Testing, Modeling And Simulation," D. Sakoda, R. Phelps, B. Donovan, NPS Technical Report, NPS-SP-002, 2012.
  • "NPS CubeSat Launcher (NPSCuL) Structural Design and Verification", D. Sakoda, S.D. Driscoll, V. Kaushish, R. Panholzer, J.H. Newman, CNES 4S Symposium, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal, 2010.
  • "Overview of the Naval Postgraduate School Small Satellite, NPSAT1," CPT. Gary Prater, Dan Sakoda, and LCDR Andrew Grant, Paper 24404, 22nd AIAA International Communications Satellite Systems Conference & Exhibit 2004, Monterey, CA 2004.
  • Keywords: Small Satellite, Microsat, Spacecraft, Space Vehicle, Testing, Orbital Mechanics, Space Vehicle Structures, pacecraft, Thermal Control DOD Key Technologies:
  • DOD Key Technologies:
    • 2b - Space Vehicles

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