Contamination Control Testing & Facilities

Unanticipated loss in performance of space-based systems is often found to be related to contamination. SDL has the facilities, expertise, instrumentation, and protocols to control contamination risks.


  • Precision cleaning laboratories
  • ISO 5 (Class 100) cleanrooms, including a 100-ft long ISO 5 optical cleanroom
  • ISO 8 (Class 100,000) integration high bays with ISO 5 clean tents and laminar flow benches
  • Molecular and particulate sample analyses per IEST STD CC1246D
  • Microscopy and digital image analysis
  • Thermogravimetric analyzer and ASTM 1559 facility
  • Quartz crystal microbalances and mass spectrometers
  • Bi-directional Reflectance Distribution Function (BRDF) measurement stations



Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer

OSIRIS REx is a NASA New Frontiers mission to return a sample of an asteroid to the Earth. SDL designed, built and tested the detector electronics assemblies for the three OSIRIS-REx Camera Suite (OCAM) instruments.


Ionospheric Connection Explorer

NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) mission will explore how both terrestrial and space weather affect conditions in the ionosphere.


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.


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.


Geosynchronous Imaging Fourier Transform Spectrometer

GIFTS was successfully tested and calibrated as an engineering demonstration unit to ground-validate technologies critical to NOAA’s Hyperspectral Environmental Suite for the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) system.