Machining

Proper fabrication of often complex space- and military-grade parts requires state-of-the-art equipment and experienced personnel. SDL’s in-house machine shop provides 6000 ft2 of modern fabrication equipment and is staffed with highly trained specialists with years of experience building high-grade, specialized hardware in a variety of materials.

Features

  • Staff with experience ranging from 7 to 36 years
  • One-of-a-kind parts to small production runs
  • Large inventory of in-stock materials to meet immediate requests (copper, brass, stainless steel, titanium, invar, aluminum, plastic, and tool steel)
  • Precision equipment:
    • Computer numeric control (CNC) machine capability
    • Computer-aided precision machining (CAM)
    • State-of-the-art 3D milling machines
    • 5th axis rotary table
    • Electrical discharge machining (EDM)
    • Two coordinate measuring machines (CMM) for precision measurements in three-dimensions of mechanical and optical assemblies, one housed in a ISO 5 (class 100) cleanroom

Experience

WISE

Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer

The WISE cryogenically-cooled infrared telescope provided a complete stellar infrared map more than 1,000 times more detailed than previous surveys.

ASSP

Auroral Spatial Structures Probe

ASSP was designed to measure the spatial and temporal variation of the energy flow in the upper atmosphere in and around the aurora to better understand global temperature changes in the thermosphere.

PWP

Precision Weapons Platform

PWP is remotely-operated, state-of-the-art, lightweight stabilized pointing system.

SABER

Sounding of the Atmosphere using Broadband Emission Radiometry

SABER, a 10-channel infrared (1.27 to 16.9 µm) radiometer, is one of four instruments on NASA's TIMED mission, which is dedicated to study the dynamics of the Mesosphere and Lower Thermosphere (MLT) portion of the Earth's atmosphere.

AIM/SOFIE

Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere Solar Occultation for Ice Experiment

SOFIE is one of three instruments aboard the Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) satellite. AIM’s objective is to study polar mesospheric clouds and the environment in which they form.

Thermal Links

SDL’s simple process for developing solderless thermal links enables an extremely efficient thermal connection while maintaining a high degree of mechanical flexibility.

SPIRIT III

Spatial Infrared Imaging Telescope

SPIRIT III was the infrared sensor aboard MDA’s Midcourse Space Experiment (MSX). This long-wave infrared instrumentation package consisted of a high spatial resolution radiometer, a high spectral resolution interferometer-spectrometer, and an extremely high-off-axis-rejection telescope.