The Space Systems Engineering Laboratory at Missouri S&T was founded in 2001 with the arrival of Dr. Hank Pernicka. Just four years after the lab's founding, the micro-satellite design and fabrication team, the lab's flagship project, was accepted to the University Nanosat 4 competition. The satellite team placed 3rd; a remarkable achievement for a first entry against prestigious competition.

There are many diverse research areas being pursued within the lab including systems engineering, cold gas propulsion systems, and orbit and attitude determination controllers primarily within the scope of small satellites. Students working in the lab have presented papers at numerous research conferences, been published in distinguished journals and won awards for their research efforts.

Interested in learning more? Find out what Space Systems Engineering is.