Nanosatellite Design, Testing and Fabrication

a cube-shaped satellite flies through space.

Seeking students from a wide spectrum of disciplines to work on subsystems of satellite being built to be flown by NASA through its CubeSat Initiative as part of the Air Force University Nanosatellite Program.

Project description

A satellite is currently being built that will be flown by NASA through NASA's CubeSat Initiative and is part of the Air Force University Nanosatellite Program. The UB satellite will collect photometric data of unresolved space objects using two cameras which operate over the visible and infrared wavelengths. Using this data, various properties such as shape, orientation, albedo, and material composition will be estimated. Students from a wide spectrum of disciplines are needed to help with various aspects of the nanosatellite subsystems.

Project outcome

The specific outcomes of this project will be identified by the faculty mentor at the beginning of your collaboration. 

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment To be determined by student/mentor
Start time Fall, Spring, Summer
In-person, remote, or hybrid?
Level of collaboration To be determined by student/mentor
Benefits Academic Credit, Volunteer
Eligibility Basic engineering math skill sets, Computer programming especially needed, Work together in groups

Project mentor

John Crassidis


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

1003 Furnas Hall

Phone: (716) 645-1426


Start the project

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Preparation activities

The specific preparation activities for this project will be customized through discussions between you and your project mentor. Please be sure to ask them for the instructions to complete the required preparation activities.


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering