Who We Are

The Missouri University of Science and Technology Satellite Research Team (M-SAT) is a diverse team comprised of students ranging from freshman to PhD status, in degree programs that span chemistry, aerospace engineering, electrical engineering, math, to engineering management. All members of M-SAT join voluntarily or during their senior year of their undergraduate aerospace engineering degree if the space path is chosen, meaning students get out of the team what they put in.

The team came to fruition during the summer of 2002 as the UMR SAT team with the goal of driving innovation in the space industry as part of the Distributed Space Systems (DSS) effort led by NASA. The original concept of the team's first satellite was a short tethered pair of spacecraft that would perform close proximity operations called Missouri-Rolla (MR) and Missouri-Rolla Second (MRS) SAT. M-SAT submitted a proposal and was accepted into the NS-4 competition with the University Nanosat Program (UNP) and after participating and placing highly in the NS-4, NS-6, and NS-7 competitions, the M-SAT team placed first in the Nanosat-8 competition in January 2015.

In addition to MR & MRS SAT, the team is also working on two other satellite missions, the Advanced Propulsion Experiment (APEX), and the Multi-Mode Mission (M3) projects. APEX and M3 are both innovative propulsion technology demonstration satellites, with M3 being the precursor to APEX in a smaller form factor and more simplistic design. Both satellites are CubeSats, with M3 being a 3U, and APEX being a 6U.

The goal of this team is to push students to think more in-depth about the design of a satellite, and to prepare members for work in the space industry. As a group, we strive to create and explore the possibilities of small satellite design, and drive innovation in a way that helps not only the students and the space industry, but hopefully the future of spaceflight.