Welcome to the Space Systems Laboratory

The Space Systems Lab offers unique and interesting challenges to students from disciplines across the College of Engineering. Working on complex and highly integrated aerospace projects allows a student to gain experience working with teams of students from different engineering fields as well as with engineers from NASA and industry. Projects include developing, as well as providing the first payload to, a new research standard aboard the International Space Station, developing the first student built satellite to be launched with a NASA mission, and being the first to bring the CubeSat standard to sub-orbital space. In addition, students are involved in developing the infrastructure to support these missions including a thermal vacuum chamber, vibration facility, clean room, and a six monitor console station to support the efforts on the ISS. The Space Systems Lab has a long history of success in developing Small Space and we are looking forward to continuing that tradition.

  • The SSL Team The SSL Team CubeSat workshop at Cal Poly in San Luis Obisbo in 2007.
  • ISS Console ISS Console Used to communicate with astronauts on the International Space Station operating University of Kentucky and external customer payloads.
  • KY-Sat1 KY-Sat1 Final configuration of KySat-1, the first nanosatellite launched by the University of Kentucky.
  • KY-Sat1 Without Panels KY-Sat1 Without Panels Internal electronics of KySat-1.
  • ADAMASat ADAMASat The Antenna Deployment and Mono-filament Actuator Satellite, a sub-orbital payload designed and developed by Kentucky Space. With about 8 minutes in space, it will test the KySat-1 antenna deployment mechanism and actuator circuit.
  • SSL Team at Balloon-1 Launch SSL Team at Balloon-1 Launch The SSL Team during the launch of our first high-altitude balloon in 2008.
  • Earth From Balloon-1 Earth From Balloon-1 A photo of Earth captured from Balloon-1.
  • Governor Steve Beshear at SSL Governor Steve Beshear at SSL Lab member Dan Erb with Governor Steve Beshear.
  • SSL Team With Dr.Todd SSL Team With Dr.Todd
  • Astronaut Al Worden Astronaut Al Worden Al Worden, the command module pilot for the Apollo 15 mission, examining the Ky-Sat1 satellite.

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