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2007

Senate throws money valley’s way

December 21, 2007 – The Herald Journal

The Senate approved a major spending bill late Thursday night, by a vote of 76 to 17, which will fund several projects in Cache Valley. Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah, spearheaded the effort to get the $290 million in allocations for Utah. Millions will come to Utah State University and surrounding projects.

Scholarship urges women into science, engineering

December 21, 2007 – The Herald Journal

Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Lab recently began offering two scholarships to encourage more women to pursue science and engineering careers. Sarah Isert, an engineering major and Taren McKenna, a physics major, were the first recipients of the new awards.

USU Space Dynamics Lab Scholarships Honor Women in Science and Engineering

December 12, 2007 – USU VP Research Office

The Utah State University Space Dynamics Laboratory has created a new scholarship to encourage and honor women who are pursuing careers in science and engineering.

AIM reveals unprecedented view of mysterious clouds

December 10, 2007 – NASA News Release

NASA's AIM satellite has provided the first global-scale, full-season view of iridescent polar clouds that form 50 miles above Earth's surface.

SDL celebrates 6th anniversary of SABER launch

December 7, 2007 – USURF

Six years after successful launch, the Space Dynamics Laboratory’s SABER, or Sounding of the Atmosphere using Broadband Emission Radiometry, instrument continues to gather data that is helping scientists understand global temperature profiles and sources of atmospheric cooling.

USU Space Dynamics Lab Scientist Receives Governor's Medal

November 15, 2007 – Utah State University

Utah State University research professor Tom Wilkerson, a senior scientist with the university’s Space Dynamics Laboratory, is a recipient of the 2007 Utah Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology.

For contribution to science and technology, eight honored

November 15, 2007 – The Salt Lake Tribune

The State Advisory Council for Science and Technology honored eight Utahns for their contributions to science and technology Tuesday night.

Defense bill includes $93.5 million for Utah projects

November 9, 2007 – Deseret Morning News

Federal money for Utah's National Guard, the Dugway Proving Ground, Hill Air Force Base and other military programs in the state will be on its way once President Bush signs the final version of the defense spending bill passed by the House and Senate this week.

Huntsman decorating USU Space Researcher

November 7, 2007 – The Herald Journal

A senior researcher at Utah Statue University’s Space Dynamics Lab has been named a recipient of the 2007 Utah Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology. Tom Wilkerson will receive the award during a ceremony hosted by Gov. Jon Huntsman, Jr. at Salt Lake City’s Clark Planetarium on Nov. 13.

NASA Provides Seed Funding For Four Science Projects

November 5, 2007 – InformationWeek

NASA on Friday announced the new projects, to help meet critical needs. Teams from Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif., will lead the efforts, which are part of NASA's Innovative Partnerships Program Seed Fund. The fund is used for overcoming technology barriers with joint-development programs and cost sharing.

USU Space Dynamics Lab Scientist Receives Governor’s Medal

November 5, 2007 – USURF

The Space Dynamics Laboratory is proud to announce that Dr. Tom Wilkerson, SDL senior scientist, will receive a 2007 Utah Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology.

SDL to collaborate with SpaceDev on thermal radiator technology

November 1, 2007 – SpaceDev Media

SpaceDev announced today that it has been awarded a $100,000 firm fixed price contract for the development of a new radiator technology for satellite thermal control. SpaceDev will collaborate with the Space Dynamics Laboratory of Utah State University to build and test a validation prototype of a new light-weight, high performance radiator technology for space applications.

USU’s Space Dynamics Laboratory demonstrates latest Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance technology

October 11, 2007 – USURF

On October, 10, Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Laboratory hosted congressional staff and key industry leaders at an open house which demonstrated their latest technology in Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance. Front and center was the demonstration of the DUSTER program, for which Sen. Bennett was instrumental in securing funding.

Utah State Laboratory Has Long History of Space, Aero Projects

September 17, 2007 – Space News

When the National Science Foundation surveyed U.S. university spending on aeronautical and astronautical engineering research for 2004, Utah State University topped the list thanks in no small part to the campus' Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL), a non-profit research corporation that works on civilian and military projects. For the past five decades, SDL has delivered sensors and subsystems for more than 400 space- and aircraft- based payloads.

Space lab at USU awarded $5M in funds

September 17, 2007 – The Herald Journal

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved Department of Defense funding for the next fiscal year, including $5 million for Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Lab.

$10M to Utah State to Help Ease ISR Bandwidth Crunch

September 11, 2007 – Defense Industry Daily

Utah State University Research Foundation, North Logan, Utah, is being awarded $10M for cost-plus-fixed-fee completion task order #0007 under previously awarded contract (N00173-02-D-2003) for research in the area of Time Critical Sensor Image/Data Processing. Specifically, they will research advanced networking, compression/image processing, and ground/control station sensor processing.

Aggies fight terror on the home front

September 10, 2007 – The Utah Statesman

The Space Dynamics Lab researchers have spent the last 2 1/2 years developing technology that could be used to expose weaknesses in USU's current infrastructure that are especially vulnerable to terrorists. The program is called Exercise Scenario Modeling Tool, and it would be used to create simulations of possible cyber-terrorist attacks on anything from financial institutions to the basic emergency services, like 911.

Space Dynamics Laboratory hosts 16th Calibration Conference at USU

August 28, 2007 – USURF

September 10-13 marks the 16th year of the CALCON Technical Conference held on the Utah State University campus in the Nora Eccles Conference Center.

USU Likely To Get $2 Million To Continue Fight Vs. "Cyberterrorism"

August 3, 2007 – KCPW

Utah State University is one of five institutions developing ways to combat what has been termed "cyberterrorism." In fact, the school's Space Dynamics Lab is in line to receive two million dollars from the federal government. KCPW's Eric Ray spoke with Homeland Security Program Manager Jim Marshall to get a definition of "cyberterrorism.".

USU lab researching cyberterrorism

August 1, 2007 – The Herald Journal

Team will likely get $2 million funding to continue work—With computers controlling everything from ATMs to hospital databases, attacks on the nation’s technological infrastructure could cause major disruptions. A Utah State University lab is attempting to plan for these situations.

USU hosts 21st Annual Small Satellite Conference

July 31, 2007 – USURF

With the Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL) hosting the opening social, Utah State University is gearing up for the 21st Annual Small Satellite Conference August 13 – 16 at the Eccles Conference Center on the USU campus.

SDL welcomes Karika to the USURF Board of Trustees

July 27, 2007 – USURF

The Utah State University Space Dynamics Laboratory in North Logan, Utah is pleased to announce that Janet C. Karika has accepted a position on the Utah State University Research Foundation Board of Trustees.

U.S. Lab Eyes Missile Detection Work with Russia

July 16, 2007 – Space News, Boston

More than three years after the Pentagon canceled the joint development of a pair of experimental missile warning satellites with Russia, the two countries have yet to settle on a new avenue of missile defense cooperation.

Utah State gets Senate appropriations

July 1, 2007 – The Herald Journal

The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved two spending bills that would provide $1.5 million for Utah State University research. USU’s Space Dynamics Lab (SDL) would receive $500,000; a study on the economic impact of renewable energy sources in rural Utah would get $1 million.

SDL teams with Russian scientists to solve problems of growing plants in space

May 18, 2007 – USURF

Early Tuesday morning, a cargo spacecraft carrying the world’s first space soil physics experiment docked with the International Space Station. The Optimization of Root Zone Substrates, or ORZS, is a collaborative venture between Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Laboratory and the Russian Institute of Biomedical Problems, or IBMP, that will help future space explorers overcome the challenges of growing plants in space.

Idaho Falls Native Instrumental in NASA Launch Despite Cancer

May 3, 2007 – KPVI News

Last week, NASA launched their first mission to the explore mysterious ice clouds on the edge of space. Not only was Idaho falls native Brandon Paulson a key component of some of NASA's projects, but he accomplished a lot of what he did while battling cancer.

Mission aims at highest clouds

April 26, 2007 – BBC News

The US space agency (Nasa) has launched a mission to study the highest clouds on Earth - noctilucent clouds.

Rocket designed by USU launches into orbit to study high-altitude clouds

April 26, 2007 – USURF

Nearly 10 years ago, Utah State University professor Mike Taylor saw an unusual glow in Logan’s night sky. The light came from a rare type of cloud, which forms high in the atmosphere and shines after dark. These noctilucent clouds are usually seen in polar regions and had never been documented as far south as Utah.

Former SOFIE manager has name inscribed on rocket

April 26, 2007 – The Herald Journal

Embedded in the emotion surrounding another successful launch of a USU instrument into space was the death of Brandon Paulsen, who presided over the NASA project for two years. Faced with metastatic melanoma, Paulsen died in 2005 — an abrupt end for a 32-yearold aspiring engineer who had already accomplished much in the aerospace industry. While friends and family clapped Wednesday as the spacecraft carrying the instrument reached orbit, some also cried, remembering the passion Paulsen brought to the project.

USU Embarks on NASA Cloud Study

April 25, 2007 – USURF

Cirrus clouds, stratus clouds, cumulus clouds – since ancient times, people have gazed skyward and pondered fluffy wisps of white and angry gray thunderheads.

Launch of science instrument built in North Logan, Utah will give insight to changes in weather and climate

April 25, 2007 – USURF

With today’s successful launch of NASA’s Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) mission, Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Lab (SDL) sends another science instrument into space.

Space Dynamics Lab memorializes friend and colleague

April 19, 2007 – Utah State Today

With next Wednesday’s scheduled launch of a NASA science mission from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, friends and coworkers from the Space Dynamics Laboratory remember a young engineer who died at 32 from metastatic melanoma, an end-stage form of skin cancer.

USU Joins NASA Cloud Study

April 12, 2007 – The Salt Lake Tribune

Clouds forming at the edge of space appear to be getting brighter and more frequent, raising questions as to their possible link to global warming. An upcoming NASA mission, with an assist from Utah State University, will send a satellite into orbit to study noctilucent clouds, which appear to glow at night.

Utah Technology to help NASA Spacecraft Collect Data

April 11, 2007 – KSL News

Changing movements of elusive clouds on the very edge of space could be more ammunition for global warming. Two weeks from now, NASA will launch a spacecraft with a Utah-built instrument aboard that will probe that cold region of our outer atmosphere.

Science instrument built in Utah will gather data from Earth's highest clouds to gain insight to change in global climate

April 5, 2007 – USURF

Scientists will soon begin collecting data from Earth’s highest clouds with an instrument designed and built at Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL) in North Logan, Utah. Many scientists believe that recent changes in these high-altitude, night-shining clouds may be indicators of change in our global climate and weather patterns.

SDL welcomes new USURF board chair, Oren Phillips

April 3, 2007 – USURF

Oren B. Phillips, retired vice president of business development for ATK, a leader in aerospace technologies and manufacturing, is starting his responsibilities as newly elected chairman for the USURF Board of Trustees.

Spacecraft to Study Clouds at Edge of Space Arrives at Vandenberg

March 12, 2007 – NASA

NASA's Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) spacecraft arrived Saturday at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., for a targeted April 25 launch aboard a Pegasus XL rocket.