UB Nanosatellite Laboratory

Interested in Helping Us Build Satellites?

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***Due to ITAR compliance and only US persons (US citizens or permanent residents) are allowed to work on the missions in the lab***

All majors are welcome

PWR

Power Subsystem

Overview

The Power subsystem is responsible for the design, analysis, and implementation of the power system of the satellite. This will involve both systems-level design and analysis (electrical interfaces, system power and data requirements) and subsystem-level design and testing.

Contact

Kevin Chen

kchen93@buffalo.edu

COM

Communications Subsystem

Overview

The Communication subsystem works to ensure a proper system from the ground station radio to the flight radio. This will include the design and testing of antennas, radios and testing along with flight software. UBNL has developed its own open-source radio for flight, the Little Free Radio (LFR) (lfradio.space)

Contact

Christopher Bosso

cbosso@buffalo.edu

FSW

Flight Software Subsystem

Overview

Every satellite needs a robot brain - and this is the group that programs it! We write C/C++ code which runs on embedded systems which manage the automatic behavior of the satellites (pointing, navigation, etc.), collecting and parsing telemetry, and then on-board processing of any scientific data. Focus on high reliability software systems.  

Contact

Michael Mu

msmu@buffalo.edu

MCS

Mission Control Software Subsystem

Overview

The Mission Control Software subsystem is responsible for writing code that supports the satellite on the ground. Create a GUI that a ground operator can use to view telemetry, log data, and control the mission. You will use program languages such as Ruby and mission control software such as Ball Aerospace COSMOS.  

Contact

Sarah Frey

sfrey2@buffalo.edu

Noah Baker

noahbake@buffalo.edu

PAY

Payload Subsystem

Overview

The Payload subsystem is responsible for the design, analysis and testing of the instruments to conduct the primary and potentially secondary science missions. The design and constraints for the cubesat bus are made considering the needs to successfully complete the science mission. For the current mission in it's design phase, FALCON, is constructing a laser communication system between two 3U satellites that separate from a 6U satellite after launch.  

Contact

Thomas Efthemis 

teefthem@buffalo.edu

CDH

Command & Data Handling Subsystem

Overview

The Command and Data Handling subsystem designs and assists in testing the of the flight computer and peripheral systems, such as storage, sensors, and actuators. You will learn about the design, programming, testing, and troubleshooting of embedded systems, analog and digital circuits, and PCBs 

Contact

Mike Marcotte 

mpmarcot@buffalo.edu

STR

Structures Subsystem

Overview

The Structures subsystem is responsible for the structural design, implementation, and analysis. This will entail work at the systems level (working with other subsystems and program management to define interfaces and requirements) and at the detailed design level (creating models and drawings of the spacecraft, running structural and thermal analyses, machining or purchasing structural components). 

Contact

Owen Creighton

owencrei@buffalo.edu

Alexandra Marusewski

ammaruse@buffalo.edu

THM

Thermal Subsystem

Overview

The thermal subsystem uses different analysis techniques to find the projected temperature of the satellite while in flight. The development of the satellite design revolves around ensuring that the satellite remains within operational temperatures.

Contact

Jimmy Harter

jdharter@buffalo.edu

Alisa Delaj

alisadel@buffalo.edu

GNC

Guidance, Navigation & Controls Subsystem

Overview

Almost every satellite mission will require knowledge of where the satellite is and where it's pointed at all times. The Guidance, Navigation and Control (GNC) subsystem is responsible for designing the satellite's Attitude Determination and Control Systems (ADCS) with various cubesat-viable sensors and actuators, such as sun sensors, MEMS gyroscopes and magnetic torquers, so that we can meet that requirement and carry out the mission.

Contact

Gavin Armstrong

gavinarm@buffalo.edu

Mitch Thurston

mjthurst@buffalo.edu

Mitch Keller

mkeller3@buffalo.edu

OPS

Mission Operations Subsystem

Overview

Mission Operations is the team that prepares and executes all in-flight operations for the satellites. If you decide to join Mission Operations, you might be involved in design of the Concept of Operations, Exception development and handling procedures, fault tree development, and, of course, performance of in-flight operations through mission control software after launch. Mission Operations is a truly interdisciplinary team as you must learn about every subsystem. All majors are welcome and no previous experience is necessary.

Contact

Gabrielle Reid 

gereid@buffalo.edu

Daniel Aikman

deaikman@buffalo.edu

Anthony Lutz

adlutz@buffalo.edu

I&T

Integration & Testing Subsystem

Overview

The Integration members are responsible for soldering circuit boards, assembling spacecraft and components, and fabrication of wire harnessing. Most hands on of all positions. The Testing members will help develop, document, execute, and analyze tests of various hardware for our satellites. The components and systems under test will encompass all those on the satellite including electronics, sensors and actuators, and communication systems. The tests performed will be vital in meeting system level testing deliverables for upcoming reviews for each satellite. The subsystems provide training and the only pre-requisite is motivation.

Contact

Bartlomiej Skica bskica@buffalo.edu

Alexander Poulin

apoulin@buffalo.edu

William Gonzalez

wagonzal@buffalo.edu

Mahir Navid

majirnav@buffalo.edu

SCL

Short Cycle Lab

Overview

SCL is an experiential learning lab focused on shorter term projects that help prepare members to join a satellite subsystem. The first semester is focused on gaining skills relevant and applicable to UBNL while the second involves transitioning members to their subsystem of their choice. Short term projects have included designing building and using high altitude balloons, a mobile ground station and a satellite tracker. Our on going project involves building a ground station to determine the attitude of a geostationary satellite.

Contact

Chet Knoer

liaknoer@buffalo.edu 

Tyler O’Conner 

tyleroco@buffalo.edu