The AggieSat Laboratory Student Space Program trains university students in systems engineering through hands-on experience in the design, building, testing, and operation of space systems.
Dr. Helen Reed brought the lab to Texas A&M University in 2005. Several hundred students have participated in the program since, contributing to numerous space systems engineering projects before going on to work in the public and private sectors of the American space industry. To date, AggieSat Laboratory has successfully launched two satellites to orbit. AggieSat2 was deployed from the Space Shuttle Endeavour in July 2009, and AggieSat4 was deployed from the International Space Station in January 2016.
AggieSat Laboratory is staffed by over 100 students, consisting of mostly undergraduates from dozens of departments, who volunteer their time through the AggieSat Laboratory Student Organization. The program is run by a student Program Manager with the guidance and oversight of the Principal Investigator. Check out the Projects page to read about the systems in development, and check out the Teams page to meet the people working on them!