To develop and demonstrate modern technologies for space-based systems while educating students in systems engineering and enriching the university experience.
All of our projects are designed from the ground up by students, providing them the opportunity to learn skills that will be useful to them in school and in their professional careers. In the past, students have been asked to: create CAD models, run thermal and finite element analyses, program both our ground station and satellite to achieve mission objectives, run Monte Carlo simulations, and perform many other tasks that yield the kind of invaluable experience so sought in the professional world.
We design, and then we build. Echoing the sorts of procedural clean room methodologies employed by satellite industry powerhouses, our students painstakingly develop and execute detailed plans of action for the manufacture, assembly, and testing of our projects.
We don’t build projects just for the experience of design and manufacturing; we also operate them. From the ground, we can download scientific data, upload software patches and position data, and issue operational commands to our active satellite missions.