Get Away Special

An undergraduate team sending student projects to space since 1976



The Get Away Special Radio and Antenna Transparency Satellite (GASRATS) is the GAS Team's current mission, and is presently under development. GASRATS is a 3U CubeSat education mission focused on developing and demonstrating an optically transparent S-band patch antenna that can be integrated on top of a solar panel. After demonstration on GASRATS, the transparent patch antenna can be used on future missions with high bandwidth requirements. Additionally, GASRATS will provide and outreach program that will involve all students in the state of Utah.

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The Get Away Special Passive Attitude Control Satellite (GASPACS) was a 1U CubeSat technology demonstration mission designed to test inflatable structures in space. GASPACS was launched on December 21, 2021, and then deployed from the International Space Station on January 26, 2022. The mission lasted 117 days before GASPACS deorbited on May 23, 2022. GASPACS completed all of its mission objectives, marking the mission a large success. The AeroBoom was fully deployed and photographed, resulting in incredible images and passive attitude stabilization of the 1U CubeSat.

GASPACS was the world's first completely undergraduate CubeSat, with all designing, testing, and construction being done by undergraduate students at Utah State University. Click the button below to read more about GASPACS and its historic mission.

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About the GAS Team

The Get Away Special Team is an undergraduate, extracurricular research team within the Utah State University Physics Department that gives students the opportunity to learn real-world engineering skills by effectively contributing to aerospace research.  We are fueled by the passion of our team to design, develop, test, and produce something that will advance space technology.  We take pride in producing individuals who are prepared to enter the workforce or continue in academia as innovative and cooperative members or leaders of their teams.

Media Specialist

The GAS Team is currently accepting applications for a media specialist position. This position would be a great way to get involved with the team, to learn more about space, and to gain hands-on experience in an outreach role. 

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Meeting Times

  • Mondays at 5:30 PM
  • Wednesdays at 5:30 PM
  • Saturdays at 9:00 AM

These days will typically be reserved for working on projects in SER 011, but Wednesdays will be meetings, design reviews, etc. Those will typically be held in SER 244. For more scheduling, see our calendar.



Join me to congratulate the team from Utah State University who successfully deployed a CubeSat from the International Space Station after ten years of development work. It is now successfully operating in space, communicating with ground networks across the world. Inspiring!

– Kathy Lueders, NASA’s Associate Administrator of the Space Operations Mission Directorate, on GASPACS



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Contact Us

The GAS Team works in partnership with local and national entities, individuals, and collaborative groups. Feel free to reach out with any questions or business inquiries.


Join the Team

Interested in joining the team? All majors are welcome and no experience is required!  The GAS Team takes pride in its student-run status, where students do all of the designing, building, and testing on satellite projects. The only requirement for joining the team is a love for space and an eagerness to learn!  

If you'd like to join the team or just learn more about us, come to one of our meetings or swing by our lab in SER011 during a school day. We'd be happy to have you!