In 2015 3 students, Spacey Sciences LLC, at the
University of Georgia set out to build a modest and small spacecraft
funded by a Kickstarter. In late 2015 the students reached out to faculty,
and the UGA team applyed for two funding opprotunites, through NASA and
the Air Force. After recieving funding for both projects the Small
Satellite Research Laboratory was founded in 2016 with 8 faculty and
15 undergradautes 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 will
have its first satellite deployed from the International Space Station
You can read more details about the founding of the UGA SSRL under the Founding & History tab.
The SSRL continues to fulfill many of the University’s mission goals by: 1) Bringing national and international recognition to UGA through its development of cutting edge technology; 2) “Serving a diverse and well prepared student body and promoting high levels of student achievement” through the training of undergraduate students in STEM related fields from a diverse set of majors; 3) “Promoting instructional quality and effectiveness and enhancing intuitionally relevant faculty qualifications” by teaching students the steps involved in designing, building, and testing space hardware as well as navigating the gauntlet that is procedure writing, budgeting, and management. These skills are not only applicable to the academic world but also the general workforce.