Spacecraft Design Lab

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.

Lab Information

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