Space mission design, spacecraft algorithms, and prototype spaceflight hardware are developed and tested in the Spacecraft Design Laboratory (SDL) and prototype potential components are designed and produced.
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.
Spacecraft Preliminary and Detail Design courses are taught in the lab. Previous year-long student design team projects have included: manned lunar base; earth asteroid defense system; reusable launch vehicle; mars entry, descent, and landing vehicle; earth-independent one-g space station; deep space gateway-based lunar lander; cis-lunar-based earth-mars transit vehicle. Past projects have entered and won the NASA/NIA Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concept – Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) competition, and the AIAA Space Design competition.
Location: LB 230
Lab Director: Dr. Eric Perrell
Contact Us: To speak to someone about this lab or any of our facilities, call us at 386-226-6100 or 800-862-2416, or email DaytonaBeach@erau.edu.