University Nanosatellite Program

UNP

University Nanosatellite Program

The University Nanosatellite Program (UNP) funds U.S. university students and programs to design, build, launch, and operate small satellites. UNP is funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) and managed from the Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) Space Vehicles Directorate (RV) located on Kirtland Air Force Base, NM. UNP is nationally recognized with its own funding line on the President’s Portfolio of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

UNP’s objective is to train the next generation of space professionals by providing a rigorous concept-to-flight-ready spacecraft development process centered on systems engineering principles and practices. UNP provides AFRL and DoD parties the option to leverage technologies and platforms in research areas of interest to AFRL. Finally, UNP provides AFRL and industry a work force pipeline made up of students who have been trained in small satellite development.

20
YEARS

36
UNIVERSITIES

7
LAUNCHES

15
SATELLITES

DESIGN

BUILD

LAUNCH

OPERATE

Funding US university students and programs to design, build, launch, and operate small satellites with a rigorous concept-to-flight-ready spacecraft development process

Nationally Recognized

UNP is nationally recognized with its own funding line on the President’s Portfolio of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

UNP is funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) and managed from the Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) Space Vehicles Directorate (RV) located on Kirtland Air Force Base, NM.

UNP provides AFRL and industry a work force pipeline made up of students who have been trained in small satellite development.