Noteworthy is twenty-five years of becoming an important part of the Defense Department’s efforts to maintain essential engineering, research and development capabilities through long-term strategic relationships with academic laboratories across the country. and are celebrated.
This year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Space Dynamics Laboratory at Utah State University which officially becomes an important part of the Department of Defense efforts to maintain essential engineering, research and development capabilities through strategic relationships. long term with university labs across the country.
In May 1996, SDL and five other academic research centers were designated as DOD University Affiliated Research Centers, or UARC, established to operate in the public interest rather than in the interests of corporate shareholders. UARCs have become essential partners in the development of advanced defense technologies, while supporting critical national engineering and scientific expertise.
As a UARC and a nonprofit organization affiliated with a university, SDL’s core competencies cover a variety of technical areas. SDL has enjoyed a long-term strategic relationship, for over 25 years, with the Missile Defense Agency, which acts as SDL’s DOD UARC sponsor. From research and development of small satellite systems and subsystems to sensor technologies and cyber capabilities, SDL has played a vital role in the defense of the United States and the protection of our military. As UARC, SDL rapidly develops and deploys mission-oriented capabilities to support a range of DOD user needs.
“Research institutes such as the Space Dynamics Laboratory at Utah State University have long been catalysts for innovative breakthroughs, and the UARC designation allows DOD and other government organizations to advance a variety of revolutionary technologies within defense and space industry “, mentionned H. Scott Hinton, President of SDL. “For example, SDL developed the sensor for the mid-term space experiment which resulted in the very first demonstration of a space sensor for mid-term surveillance, tracking and discrimination of ballistic missile defense. Today, SDL is an integrated member of the MDA team leading the Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensors program, where SDL provides decades of experience and expertise in spatial infrared sensing phenomenology and design, testing and calibration of sensor systems.
Each UARC provides core capabilities to the DOD research and engineering community, including the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Space Force , defense agencies and combat commands. UARCs receive funding from several government organizations, due to their strategic relationship with DOD. The government draws on the expertise of the UARC in its core areas of competence to rapidly develop government-owned solutions for issues of importance to national security.
SDL and other UARCs serve as trusted government agents, providing objective and impartial expertise. UARCs develop and maintain capacities designated as essential, while preserving the independence of for-profit stakeholders and the absence of conflicts of interest.
SDL has solved the technical challenges facing the military, scientific community, and industry for more than six decades and supports NASA’s mission to advance science, technology, aeronautics and space exploration to improve knowledge, education, innovation, economic vitality and stewardship of the Earth. As one of DOD’s 14 UARCs, SDL serves as a subject matter expert in its core research areas for the U.S. government, ensuring that essential engineering and technology capabilities are maintained. SDL is a research laboratory based in North Logan, Utah, and has offices in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Bedford, Massachusetts; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Dayton, Ohio; Huntsville, Alabama; Houston, Texas; Los Angeles, California; Stafford, Virginia; and Washington, DC.