Thermal Vacuum Testing

Calibration planning should begin early during the instrument design phase to ensure the design can accommodate the measurement methods of an efficient calibration approach. SDL’s calibration planning includes gathering and filtering information, performing analyses and trade-off studies, and creating test plans that maximize the sensor performance information obtained within the budget and schedule constraints of the program.


  • Thermal vacuum test chambers
    • Up to 8’ diameter
    • High-performance, oil-free pump stations
    • Operating range of –269C to +150C
    • Automatic controls with safety interlocks
    • Data acquisition systems
  • Outgassing diagnostic
    • Residual gas analyzer
    • Quartz crystal microbalance
    • Scavenger plates and residue analysis
  • Specialized test chambers
    • Ultra high vacuum test chamber
    • Ambient pressure thermal test chamber
    • Dedicated bake-out chambers
    • Humidity curing chambers
    • Ultra-sensitive outgassing measurement chambers


  • Flight electronics thermal cycling and thermal balance
  • Launch lock and actuator lifetime testing
  • Motor and stage control verification
  • Subsystem outgassing performance
  • Component thermal cycling
  • Lubrication and tribology
  • Hermetic seal verification
  • Thermal control surface coating and performance