Space and Systems Development Laboratory

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The Space Systems Development Laboratory has a major focus at the master's degree level on building CubeSat picosatellites. The CubeSat picosatellite project provides experience for students in the design, fabrication, testing, and operation of a 4-inch cube, 1 kg picosatellite within a one-year period for a very low cost. The laboratory provides opportunities for quick space experimentation and feasibility demonstrations, and qualifications of space parts. The laboratory also supports doctoral research of special spacecraft components and operational methodologies of satellite constellations. The laboratory has computers for space hardware and software design testing. A student-operated ground control station provides picosatellite operational control and training. The laboratory has cooperative relationships with industry and government laboratories such as Space Systems/Loral, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, The Aerospace Corporation, JPL, NASA Ames RC, Goddard Space Flight Center and others.

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