The Student Space Technology Association is an independent, student-led
engineering team with a faculty advisor, Dr. Lyne of the MABE Department. Our
projects have included several different designs for an atmospheric science high
altitude balloon, rockets made from off the shelf parts, active in-flight rocket
stabilization, and most recently several static tests of a hybrid rocket as we
prepare it to carry payloads this coming fall/spring.
The SSTA is the largest group of UT students seeking employment in the U.S. Aerospace and Defense
sector, the world’s leading innovator and producer of technologically advanced aircraft, space and
defense systems [that] supports one of the largest high-skill and high-wage workforces in the nation 
Many of our members have attended NASA or other aerospace-related internships. We also host
industry speakers in person and over skype each semester.
We welcome everyone regardless of previous experience or lack thereof. In fact, our main recruitment demographic consists of primarily
freshmen and sophomores while our regular member base consists of sophomores through graduate
students. We are here to learn together by working on projects meaningful to our professional interests.
Space Advocacy and Outreach
The SSTA and UTARC contacted the international space station as a host of the NASA-Sponsored
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station event. We have worked with the Planetary Society
and Students for the Exploration and Development of Space to host space advocacy events. We are
bringing space a little closer to Knoxville.
The gears of any engineering project are lubricated by the sweet, sweet oil of the USD. Projects and
budgets are proposed by members, voted on by members, and funded by the Student Space Technology
Association. There are several projects that run concurrently throughout a semester and members break
into smaller teams to work on the projects after a quick meeting.