Space Dynamics Laboratory
Pushing the Envelope in Sensor Technologies
SDL was founded in 1959 and incorporated into the Research Foundation in 1988.
SDL focuses on prototyping, demonstrating and deploying new technologies for remote sensing and data exploitation in three main areas:
- Spacecraft instruments and systems aircraft
- Tactical reconnaissance sensors, avionics, and ground stations
- Advanced concepts for other military and scientific applications.
As one of 14 University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs) in the nation, SDL has been responsible for the design, fabrication, and operation of sensors on hundreds of payloads ranging from aircraft and rocket-borne experiments to space shuttle experiments and satellite-based sensor systems.
SDL has core competencies in electro-optical sensor systems, calibration, thermal management, reconnaissance systems, and small satellite technologies.
To advance scientific and defense objectives by:
- Researching, developing and characterizing sensor, electronic, and software systems
- Providing program life-cycle support
- Enhancing the education and development of scientists and engineers.