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Space Systems Design and Test Laboratory


Design and analysis of spacecraft and their subsystems, thermal and thermal vacuum testing to simulate space environment, payload integration, structures and mechanism prototyping.


To perform space research and implementation activities that are driven by scientific and industrial goals, and to offer practical spacecraft design and analysis education at graduate and undergraduate level.

In addition, the laboratory is intended to provide facilities for integration and environment tests of payloads and subsystems which are developed by other universities, researchers and SME’s at both national and international scales.

Research and Application Area

Design, system engineering and environment testing of all kind of spacecraft and subsystems smaller than 40x40x40cm.

The Specifications of the Facilities

Class 1000 Clean room (25 m2), 350 lt. Thermal Vacuum Chamber with a minimum pressure of 10-6 Torr and -60 °C – 125 °C temperature range.

Researchers Information

The laboratory incorporates two academic staff and three engineers. In addition, it is used by graduate and undergraduate students for advanced research.

The Completed & Ongoing Projects

Picosatellite Design and Development (ITUpSAT1), TUBITAK: Within the concept of CubeSat Project a picosatellite with dimensions of 10cm x 10cm x 10cm was developed and sent to space in September 2009 by Istanbul Technical University, while achieving the goal of being the first university satellite of Turkey. Then, a protocol was signed with TURKSAT, national satellite operator for collaboration on building a nano satellite which was placed into orbit on April 26, 2013. Then, SSDTL has become part of QB50 project of FP7, EU, working on to develop two double CubeSats to meet the requirements of the project. Currently, another project is pursued to develop a 3U platform to house an industrial X band transmitter. Moreover, the public is continuously informed about the developments in the Laboratory on space technology applications through various media resources and seminars.