Small Satellite Systems Research

Small Satellite Systems Research


To provide multidisciplinary research and development on pico-/nano-/micro-class of small satellites through the development of innovative and technology and systems engineering based on a multi-satellite constellation

Why it Matters

Provides a platform for earth observation that:

  • Lower spacecraft cost
  • Reduced time to market
  • Reduced mass
  • 4-D model through a heterogeneous suite of satellites

Recent Accomplishments

  • Developed a model-based systems engineering process that is formal, responsive, agile
  • Created an interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers to develop small satellite earth observations missions for space weather and gravimetry
  • Developed an inter-satellite communication system that will enable multi-satellite coordinated missions


NASA Langley Research Center

Participants / Collaborators

  • National Institute of Aerospace
  • North Carolina A&T
  • ENSTA ParisTech
  • Hampton University
  • University of Leicester
  • Universidad Politecnica de Madrid
  • University of Hawai’i @ Mona

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