The University at Buffalo Nanosatellite Laboratory (UBNL) is a diverse group of undergraduate and graduate students that develop cubesats from concept to launch. UBNL was formed in 2011 under the supervision of Dr. John Crassidis. It has included over 300 student participants since its formation who have been responsible for 20 publications, a Master’s thesis, and a PhD dissertation. Facilities of the lab include a class 1000 clean room, UHF/VHF ground station, dedication mission control room and general lab facilities.
The lab currently handles three missions:
GLADOS, our oldest satellite, is a 6U cubesat that will be launched to low earth orbit to gather light data on space debris in geostationary orbit. This light data can be used to classify space debris, as well as to characterize the size, shape, and material properties of space debris. Military and commercial industries rely on space assets such as GPS and communication satellites for their day-to- day operations.
LinkSat is the UBNL's third mission. It’s goal is to measure the orbital radio frequency noise environment across commonly used nano-satellite frequency bands. It aims to create a numerical model of the noise environment capturing geographic variation, time-of-day variation, and statistical properties that will be used to predict the performance of small satellite communication systems.
FALCON is the University at Buffalo Nanosatellite Laboratory’s fourth mission. It will be two Nanosatellites totaling 6U funded by the Air Force. Its goal is to provide relative attitude and orbit information between spacecraft using beam pointing and synchronization to maintain the link between the laser communication devices.
SHORT CYCLE LAB
The UBNL Short Cycle Lab, or “SCL” provides students with the opportunity to build experience on multi-disciplinary short-term projects related to satellites and nanosatellites. The aim of the lab is to introduce students to the tools and skills of UBNL, the systems engineering process, and satellite basics.