Who We Are

We are a group of undergraduate and graduate students that work with the Air Force Research Lab, NASA, and Moog, Inc. to build satellites from concept to launch.

What We Do




From PCB layouts of power systems, to the external structure of the satellite, students of UBNL are responsible for designing it all. Our designs then undergo various testing procedures to ensure they can survive the flight up to, and the cold depths of, space.

Build & Program



Throughout the designing and programming phase, the satellite is built and disassembled numerous times to ensure we’re on track. We write our own software for both the satellite and the ground, and create our own wiring harnesses, solder components to our custom-made PCBs, and mill the structures ourselves.




Once all of our designing, programming, and testing is complete, we can start the assembly of the actual satellite. Once integration is complete, we hand off the satellite to a launch vehicle, and off it goes! Our first satellite, GLADOS, is scheduled to launch in 2018.

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What We’ve Been Up To

GLADOS SIR (September Interm Review)

Congrats to everyone working on our GLADOS mission for a successful interim review with the Air Force!

SORA PMR (Program Management Review) in Utah

The SORA Team recently had a successful Program Management Review in Utah this summer while attending the Small Satellite Conference.  The Review was held by the Air Force Research Laboratory, and included several Industry Professionals.  Congratulations to the entire team for a job well done!

SmallSat Student Publication Selection

Seamus Lombardo took second place at the student competition at the Small Satellite Conference in Utah this summer with his paper, “A Low-Cost Method for Reaction Wheel Torque Characterization in Small Satellites”. A copy of his award winning paper is available here!

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