UGA Small Satellite Research Laboratory

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The UGA Small Satellite Research Laboratory was founded in 2016 with the goal of launching a student built spacecraft - a CubeSat - into low earth orbit. Our mission is to place UGA among the top space faring Universities in the world and to give UGA a permanent presence in outer space. We aim to teach students how to design, build, and operate spacecraft while providing our faculty with unique space based data.

The deadline for fall applications is Saturday, September 2nd 2017. Interviews will start a week after the application closes.

Applying early is encouraged.  

This is a three round application process.
1) Application Submission
2)Personal Interview
3)Technical Interview
First name? *

Last name? *

Have you applied to the UGA Small Satellite Research Laboratory before? *

Phone number? *

Are you a citizen of the United States? *

Are you a student at the University of Georgia? *

What year are you in school? *

We do not count your year against you. We attempt to bring in certain numbers from all years.

What is your GPA?

This is optional
How many hours of classes are you taking in the Fall 2017 semester? *

I can provide up to 20 hours of work a week. *

Are you willing to work for at least 2 semesters? *

Are you willing to work during the summer? *

Have you ever competed in a hackathon?

Have you ever attended a UGA Small Satellite Research Laboratory event? *

Software & Programming Language Questions

What programming languages, markup languages, and Query Languages do you know? *

Are you familiar with GNU/Linux? *

What simulations software are you familiar with? *

What CAD software do you know?

*Only needed for specific teams

What serial communication architectures are you familiar with? *

This typically only applies to electrical engineering positions.

Rate how well you solder. *

Typically only applies to electrical engineering positions.
Team and Position Interest Questions

Which mission interests you most? *

SPOC is the the (SP)ectral (O)cean (C)olor Satellite. It will observe the coasts of Georgia using a hyper-spectral payload that operates from 400nm - 850nm. SPOC will launch in ~2018.

MOCI is the (M)apping and (O)cean (C)olor (I)mager Satellite. It will demonstrate the feasibility of terrain mapping in LEO (Low Earth Orbit) with SfM (Structure from Motion). MOCI may launch in ~2020.

Rocket X is an experimental rocket development team that will seek to build UGA's first suborbital launch vehicle.

Visit to learn more.

What team would you most like to join? *

All SSRL missions are split into 4 teams: Electronics, Mechanical, Mission Operations, and Research. In addition to these teams, there is a Lab Operations team that oversees the entire research lab.

Electronics Team: Deals with programming the spacrcraft, PCB design/fabrication, Power Systems analysis, BUS integration, building data budgets, and testing satellite to ground transmissions.

Mechanical Team: Deals with physical component assembly, performs stress/thermal/vibration tests & analysis, designs spacecraft structures, accounts for material properties, designs and manufactures any custom components or optics systems.

Mission Operations: Deals with day in the life simulations, link budgets, ground station equipment/design/support, concepts of operation, and physical operation of the satellite while in orbit.

Research Team: Leads the development of any specialized payload, provides mission requirements, analyzes the scientific data from the mission, performs risk assessments, and performs any feasibility simulations.

Lab Operations: Maintains lab infrastructure, manages internal services, handles all servers and websites, deals with business operations and monetization efforts, insures the integrity of cleanrooms and testing equipment. Develops mechanical tools that the lab uses to manufacture components. Developing and managing outreach and education initiatives. Refining lab processes.

Let us know what positions you are interested in.

What Electronics Team positions are you interested in?

What Mechanical Team positions are you interested in?

What Mission Operations positions are you interested in?

What Research Team positions are you interested in?

What Lab Operations positions are you interested in?

Involvement Questions

If you are involved in any other clubs/organizations please list them below: *

Describe a personal or group project that you are proud of *

Why do you think space exploration is important? *

Why do you think you should work at the Small Satellite Research Laboratory? *

Personal Website Links

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