News

2006

SDL Has Ties to Discoveries Made by Nobel Prize Winning Physicists

November 15, 2006 – USURF

Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Lab (SDL) has ties to the scientific achievements for which two U.S. physicists won the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics. In 1988, SDL designed and built the external calibrator for one of the three instruments that flew on board the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE). The COBE satellite launched by NASA in 1989 measured scattered infrared and microwave radiation from the early universe. SDL designed the calibration equipment for the Diffuse Infrared Background Experiment (DIRBE) instrument which looked for and mapped cosmic infrared background radiation.

USU tops schools nationwide in financing space research

November 13, 2006 – The Utah Statesman

USU spends more than any other college in the United States on aeronautical and astronomical research, at $54,872,000 in 2004, according to a survey done by the National Science Foundation. But that figure may not be all the university spends.

Utah State #1 in Nation for Space Research Funding

November 3, 2006 – USURF

Utah State University is the number one university in the United States when it comes to funding for space research, taking the lead over other prestigious research institutions that include Johns Hopkins University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Utah State tops all colleges in space research spending

November 2, 2006 – The Herald Journal

Utah State University topped all colleges in space research spending in 2004, according to recently released statistics from the National Science Foundation.

SDL Hosts 15th Calibration Conference at Utah State

September 25, 2006 – USURF

October 2-5 marks the 15th year of the CALCON Technical Conference held on the Utah State University campus. Sponsored in part by the Space Dynamics Laboratory, the conference brings together members of the international scientific and engineering communities to discuss the increasingly more challenging issues of calibrating remote sensing instrumentation.

Space Dynamics Lab hiring despite lay-off scare

September 5, 2006 – The Herald Journal

The Space Dynamics Lab is now hiring – just three months after announcing the possibility of laying off up to 18 percent of its workforce.

Lockheed Martin/Space Dynamics Laboratory Team Awarded Air Force Contract for ANGELS Nanosatellite Program

August 3, 2006 – USURF

The Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL) announced today that the Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) Space Vehicles Directorate has chosen the Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company (LMSSC) team to provide engineering design and development support for the Autonomous Nanosatellite Guardian Evaluating Local Space (ANGELS) satellite program. Under subcontract to Lockheed, SDL will advance the design of a small, autonomous nanosatellite through its Critical Design Review (CDR) to be held in August 2007.

SDL Sensor to be Installed on International Space Station

July 31, 2006 – USURF

After more than a three-year wait, Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL) will be celebrating as its sensor is installed in the International Space Station during an Extra Vehicle Activity (EVA) on August 3.

The Space Show Broadcast 526

July 25, 2006 – The Space Show

Dr. Pat Patterson and Dr. Charles Swenson joined The Space Show to discuss the upcoming SmallSat Conference in Logan, Utah.

$2.5 Million Good News for USU Space Dynamics Lab

June 24, 2006 – USURF

Congressman Rob Bishop (Rep-Utah) was instrumental in passing a bill through the House of Representatives that will provide $2.5 million to Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL) to begin development of small satellite equipment.

Science students help develop 'space garden'

February 27, 2006 – The Salt Lake Tribune

An experiment in Jason Oliverson's sixth-grade science class has all the elements of gardens he has tended at home - seeds, soil, water, air and light.

Students around the world perform plant growth experiments with ISS

February 15, 2006 – USURF

Students from all over Earth, working with cosmonauts in space, are participating in a plant growth experiment that stretches beyond the atmosphere, literally taking it out of this world.