Spacecraft flight software is developed and tested in the Spacecraft Development Laboratory (SDL) and prototype potential components are designed and produced.
The SDL is equipped with a dSPACE real-time computer system and a rapid prototyping workstation, complete with desktop computer and a MakerBot Replicator-2 3-D printer. This facility is additionally equipped with ten general-purpose computer workstations, with specialized equipment located in wall storage cabinets along three of its four walls.
Collaborative faculty/student research is performed in this space, which is equipped with a small safe, used to store export-controlled items; access is controlled by a card swipe lock. The space is also the home to theSpacecraft Development Club and its ARAPAIMA project.