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Spacecraft Development Laboratory

Kennedy-and-Maria-in-Clean-Room-Cropped.jpgA class 1,000/10,000 clean room for NanoSatellite Fabrication and Assembly and MEMS (Microelectromechanical systems) Microfabrication has been developed at the Morehead State University Space Science Center. The Spacecraft Development Laboratory will allow fabrication, assembly, and integration of flight-ready components of micro and nanosatellites, and ultimately support fabrication of prototype MEMS/MRAs and to allow fabrication of commercial numbers of these devices.

Spacecraft systems assembled and integrated (to date) in the MSU Clean Room include:
  • The Cosmic X-Ray Background Nanosatellite—a 2U CubeSat selected by NASA for a flight opportunity in 2012
  • TechSat-1—a collaboration between MSU, Radiance Technologies, Honeywell, and Tethers Unltd. To build a high power 3-U CubeSat for the U.S. Space and Missile Defense Command,
  • UniSat-5—a collaboration with the University of Rome to build a 15 kg microsatellite designed to measure the polarization of gamma ray bursts.

MEMS for Space Applications:  NASA and the aerospace industry have a special interest in MEMS technology. Some of the systems utilizing MEMS devices for space applications in planning our under development at MSU are:Microthrusters 
  • Mass Spectrometers 
  • Magnetometers 
  • RF Switches 
  • Microgyroscopes 
  • Microsatellellites