Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MIT Space Systems Lab


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Welcome to the Space Systems Laboratory (SSL) in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Founded in 1995, the SSL engages in cutting edge research projects with the goal of directly contributing to the present and future exploration and development of space. Specific missions include developing the technology and systems analysis associated with small spacecraft, precision optical systems, and International Space Station technology research and development. The laboratory encompasses expertise in structural dynamics, control, thermal, space power, propulsion, MEMS, software development and systems. A major activity in this laboratory is the development of small spacecraft thruster systems as well as looking at issues associated with the distribution of function among satellites. In addition, technology is being developed for spaceflight validation in support of a new class of space-based telescopes that exploit the physics of interferometry to achieve dramatic breakthroughs in angular resolution. The objective of the Laboratory is to explore innovative concepts for the integration of future space systems and to train a generation of researchers and engineers conversant in this field.

SSL Partners
The SSL is a member of NASA's Small Satellite Technology Initiative (SSTI), New Millennium Program, and International Space Station Technology Testbed Program. The Laboratory also has ties with the M.I.T. Lincoln Laboratory, NASA Langley, JPL and the Air Force Phillips Laboratory as well as the Departments of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering at M.I.T. and aerospace companies such as Draper, TRW, Lockheed-Martin, MDA and Hughes. Links to some of our partners:

NASA home page
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
NASA Ames Reseach Center
NASA Langley Research Center
MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
MIT Mechanical Engineering
Aurora Flight Sciences Corp (acquired Payload Systems Inc)

In addition the MIT SSL has received support from multiple industries to help our CDIO teaching initative starting since 1999. The CDIO intiative teaches full systems engineering in the Aero/Astro Capstone Design Course. The SSL leads the project each time the class is taught. Our industry sponsors have included:

National Instruments
Texas Instruments

Through Visual Paradigm Academic Partner Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology is granted license for modeling software - VP-UML for educational use.

For More Information

The following web pages are intended to give you a feel for the work done here in the SSL. If you have any specific questions concerning particular research projects, would like to learn more about the unique capabilities of the SSL, or would like to collaborate on a current or new project; please feel free to contact the Director of the MIT Space Systems Laboratory - Professor David Miller.

David W. Miller, Sc.D.
Space Systems Laboratory Director
Associate Professor of Aeronautics & Astronautics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Ave.
Room 37-327
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 253-3288 (tel)
(617) 258-5940 (fax)