As a laboratory, there are many on-going projects that are being developed by our staff, students, and collaborators. This allows us to do amazing research and give students at the College of Engineering excellent design and development opportunities.


COSMOS, or the Comprehensive Open-architecture Solution for Mission Operations Systems, was originally funded by NASA EPSCoR and consists of a system of open source software applications that are designed to be easily adaptable for multiple missions and diverse operation centers. This project is a collaborative effort between the HSFL, NASA Ames Research Center, and other universities. It was designed to be able to support the complete satellite life cycle from design and development to testing and operation. For more information about this project, visit the COSMOS page.

Attitude Control Test Bed

The Attitude Control Test Bed is an on-going project that aims to accurately simulate a space-like environment for attitude determination and control on small satellites of various sizes, and at different stages of completion in order to write and test software for this subsystem. It consists of a student built neutrally balanced platform for arbitrary components that is attached to a hemispherical air bearing, which provides a near frictionless platform and allows us to test components on three axes, all encased in a student made Helmholtz cage that provides a magnetic field to test sensors and actuators. For more information about this project, visit the Attitude Control Test Bed page.


The goal of this project is to create a foundational enabler in the form of a low-cost CubeSat kit and develop an undergraduate course that transitions into an online course in the public domain. The objective of Phase 1 is to develop a kit that contains all subsystems of a fully functioning passive small satellite, or SmallSat, with a target price of less than 5,000 USD.  For more information about this project, visit the Artemis CubSat Kit page.


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