Space Systems Research Laboratory (SSRL)
The Mission of the Space Systems Research Laboratory is to perform world-class research in the design, fabrication and operation of space systems, and to produce world-class space systems engineers.
Space Systems Engineering
A space system consists of all of the elements necessary to complete a successful space mission: spacecraft, launch vehicle, ground operations, etc. Often, it is the behavior of the system as a whole that determines success or failure, not the optimal design of any one part.
At SSRL, our emphasis is on the end-to-end system; it informs our research activities as well as how we train our students.
|COPPER, a 1U CubeSat to flight-test the use of a commercial microbolometer (long-wave infrared imager) for Earth observing and space situational awareness. COPPER was SSRL’s entry in the AFRL University Nanosat-6 competition and was selected by NASA to launch in August 2013 as part of the ELaNa-IV mission.|
Argus, a 2U CubeSat developed in partnership with Vanderbilt University to improve modeling of the effects of radiation on modern space electronics. It is SSRL’s entry in the AFRL University Nanosat-7 competition, and was selected by NASA to launch on a future ELaNa flight.
Latest SSRL News
We’ll post information about SSRL activities; projects, conferences, papers and, as we get into 2013, launches! View the SSRL News Archive
We welcome students of all majors and skill levels, from freshmen through doctoral candidates. No prior experience is required. (If it were easy to fly spacecraft, we wouldn’t need the lab!) If you can give us one hour a week or forty, we can find meaningful work for you. You are only limited by your willingness to work hard and learn.
There are many ways to participate in SSRL: graduate research, undergraduate research, student volunteer, summer intern, senior design and through our formal coursework. Join the SSRL team today!