In 2015, 3 students at the University of Georgia set
out to build a spacecraft funded by Kickstarter. They reached out to
faculty and received funding NASA and the Air Force.
The Small Satellite Research Laboratory was founded in 2016 with 8 faculty and 15 undergraduate students. The lab is now building two cubesats for Low Earth Orbit and contains over 50 undergraduate students, 5 graduate students, and 12 faculty. The Small Satellite Research Laboratory had its first satellite, SPOC, deployed from the International Space Station in 2020.