Division for Planetary Sciences Of the American Astronomical Society



The Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL) is a nonprofit research corporation owned by Utah State University. Founded in 1959, SDL has been responsible for the design, fabrication, and operation of sensors on over 440 payloads ranging from aircraft and rocket-borne experiments to space shuttle experiments and satellite-based sensor systems.

SDL conceives and develops state-of-the-art sensor and satellite systems; performs space, air, and ground-based experiments; conducts rapid experimental development of prototype sensor hardware and software; offers world-class calibration and testing expertise and facilities; performs concept validation studies and demonstrations; and develops data-fusing technology for passive and active sensors. One of 14 University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs) in the nation, SDL employs over 1,100 skilled individuals at locations in Utah (headquarters), Alabama, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Ohio, Texas, Virginia, and Washington, DC.

Explore SDL Capabilities:

Sensor Systems

Space and airborne sensors (IR, VIS, UV & RF)

Satellite Technologies

Concept to completion satellite solutions

Testing & Calibration

Testing for space, airborne & miniaturized systems

Science & Engineering

Solutions for defense, intelligence & science