The Small Satellite Research Laboratory was founded in 2016 by 3 students at the University of Georgia. The students orgininally intended to build a modest and small spacecraft funded by a Kickstarter; However, shortly after the students reached out to faculty, the project began to increase in complexity. Now the Small Satellite Research Laboratory team includes over 30 members - and is still growing. The lab is now partnered with both NASA and the Air Force, and is building two 3U cubesats for Low Earth Orbit. The Small Satellite Research Laboratory will have its first satellite deployed from the International Space Station in 2019.
The lab is an undergraduate led research lab, mentored by faculty, with the goals of launching small, inexpensive satellites into space for gathering scientific data and providing experiential learning opportunities for University of Georgia students. Currently 54 undergraduates from all over campus (geography, physics, engineering, mathematics, computer science, marine science, design, and management) lead and operate the lab. The students strive to enhance science education within and around the UGA community through their scientific endeavors. The lab also is leading the way in developing a Small Satellite Course that will form the foundation of an aerospace-based curriculum at UGA.
The lab is currently equipped with a 140sq ft clean room rated ISO 7, a 200 ltr vacuum chamber capable of reaching 10-6 torr, and multiple Electrostatic Discharge workstations all of which are suitable for the integrations and testing of flight ready equipment.