Status Report

University Nanosat Program

By SpaceRef Editor
October 27, 2015
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Founded in 1999, the University Nanosatellite Program (UNP) was the first federally-funded research program funding small satellite projects at Universities. The intention was two-fold: to provide systems engineering training to students to prepare them for the industrial workforce and to develop small satellite expertise at US universities.

The UNP is part of the President’s STEM education portfolio and is monitored by the National Science and Technology Council as mandated under the America Competes Reauthorization Act of 2010.


The Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL), in support of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) and the Air Force Research Laboratory, Space Vehicles Directorate (AFRL/RV), announces a GFY 2016 competition for research to promote and sustain university research and education focused on small satellites and related technologies.

Eligible and interested universities are encouraged to submit a proposal in accordance with the criteria in the RFP (download »).

The AFOSR manages the basic research investment for the U.S. Air Force (USAF). As a part of the AFRL, AFOSR’s technical experts foster and fund research within the AFRL, universities, and industry laboratories to ensure the transition of research results to support USAF needs. Using a carefully balanced research portfolio, research managers seek to create revolutionary scientific breakthroughs enabling the Air Force and U.S. industry to produce world-class, militarily significant, and commercially valuable products.

In support of AFRL and AFOSR, SDL is seeking unclassified, fundamental research proposals that do not contain proprietary information. It is expected that multiple awards will be made.

Request for Proposals

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