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Student Space Systems Fabrication Laboratory

S3FL is a student-led organization dedicated to providing students with practical space systems design and fabrication experience not readily available through the usual academic curriculum. S3FL's approach is to enhance education by coupling classroom knowledge with practicum experience involving real engineering design, analysis, test, fabrication, integration, and operation of actual flight vehicles and space payloads. Each year, S3FL involves over a hundred undergraduateand graduate students in activities ranging from balloon payloads to microgravity experiments to nanosatellites. By participating in the end-to-end development of complete space systems, students acquire knowledge and expertise that would otherwise take years of post-graduate experience to be achieved.


Leaders: Isabel Bonachera (bonacher)
Facilities: Isabel Bonachera (bonacher)
Faculty Advisors: Brian Gilchrist (gilchrst), James Cutler (jwcutler), Mark Moldwin (mmoldwin), Nilton Renno (nrenno)
Sponsoring Unit: Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic & Space Sciences, Department of Aerospace Engineering
Team Email: s3fl-info at

S3FL Website