The Small Satellite Program at USU
The Small Satellite Program at Utah State University
(USU) gains from the rich space heritage of both Utah State University
and the Space Dynamics Lab (SDL) to design small satellites and
scientific experiments. Students at Utah State University send more
experiments into space than any other universities in the world!
With this background the Small Satellite Program establishes a solid
environment where engineers are free to create from concept to full
fabrication, test and flight.
The Small Satellite Program team is made of faculty
members and aerospace engineering students with the collaboration
of professional engineers from the Space Dynamics Laboratory in
Logan, Utah. This synergy brings highly motivated and specialized
engineers that are ready to answer to your needs. From small rockets
to small satellites design, the team approaches space system engineering
with hardware design and integration in order to control the development
up to final realization.
One of the greatest engineering achievements of the Small Satellite
Program is the development of a modular platform that can adapt
to your needs in terms of technology demonstration, science and
The Small Satellite Program vision
- Strengthen USU's presence in the U.S. small satellite community
to attract partners, customers, funding and accumulate flight
heritage and hardware autonomy development to control lead time
- Provide the first USU modular micro-satellite platform for
USU/SDL that can adapt to multiple missions.
- Provide a platform that can be fabricated in < 1 yr at
low cost in an academic, semi-professional or professional environment
according to customers' needs.
- Creation of sub-system hardware that can be integrated to
the platform on a continuous improvement basis.
- Subsystems that can be integrated to the platform with C&DH,
Communication, Power, Software, Deployable Mechanism, ADCS,
Decking Capability and Thermal Control.
- Establish a platform that can be integrated to ESPA, Lightband
or other international launcher standards