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Laboratory for Advanced Space Systems at Illinois

The Laboratory for Advanced Space Systems at Illinois (LASSI) is the Aerospace Engineering Department's premier space design and testing workspace. LASSI supports students, faculty, and other customers utilizing small satellite resources designed, developed, and tested at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. LASSI is located within Talbot Laboratory on the north Urbana Campus.


Michael F. Lembeck, Ph.D., a Clinical Associate Professor is the LASSI Director. Dr. Lembeck has led or worked on multiple government and commercial spaceflight programs, including JPL’s Galileo Jupiter Orbiter, Space Industries, Inc.’s Wake Shield Facility, Orbital Sciences’ OrbView/Warfighter commercial remote sensing program, NASA’s Vision for Space Exploration, and the Boeing commercial crew program.


Our next mission, the Cool Annealing Payload Satellite (CAPSat), arrived at the International Space Station in August 2021. Deployment is scheduled for mid-October.