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.
The SSRL continues to fulfill many of the University’s mission goals
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.