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

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Small Sat Student Publication

Congratulations to our lab member, Seamus Lombardo! His paper, “A Low-Cost Method for Reaction Wheel Torque Characterization in Small Satellites” is one of six finalists chosen by a panel of judges from NASA, academia, industry, and the military to be presented at the annual Small Satellite Conference on August 10th. We’re proud that the novel […]


Ground Station Barn Raising!

Earlier today our ground station finally went up! The tower has been raised, the rotor mounted, and it will all be functional in the very near future! Thank you to everyone who came out to help with this effort!

Summer Internships

UBNL Summer Internship Class of 2016

Wondering how beneficial the UNBL experience can be? We are extremely proud to announce out largest summer internship class to-date! Over twenty of our lab members will be going to internships or jobs across the country and working in many different fields from aerospace and mechanical engineering to computer science and environmental studies.  We wish […]

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