News

2009

Space Dynamics Laboratory Payload Blasts‐Off to Chart the Skies

December 14, 2009 – USURF

In a spectacular pre‐dawn launch, a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket lifted NASA’s 1,457 pound payload from NASA’s Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. at 6:09 a.m. (PST). Flying 22,300 miles above the Earth, NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System acquired WISE’s first signal approximately 60 minutes after liftoff.

Utah‐made telescope blasts into space

December 14, 2009 – KSL News

A rocket launch in California drew cheers in Logan Monday morning as NASA launched a unique made‐in‐Utah instrument.

Heat‐Seeking WISE Spacecraft Set to Launch

December 10, 2009 – ScienceNews

Veteran astronomer Ned Wright is already considered pretty smart. But soon he’ll be getting wise.

The dark side of space about to be illuminated

December 10, 2009 – The Los Angeles Times

The Wide‐field Infrared Survey Explorer will capture hundreds of thousands of previously unknown objects that are too cool and too dark to be seen with most telescopes.

Space scanner set for epic photo shoot

December 10, 2009 – Space.com

A new NASA spacecraft is ready to tackle a grueling nine‐month photo shoot of cosmic proportions to seek out more than just the stars.

WISE Telescope, Launching Friday, Will Scope Out Universe’s Darkest Objects

December 10, 2009 – Popular Science

If the weather holds, NASA’s newest space telescope will lift off Friday morning from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, on a mission to map the cosmos.

NASA's new WISE 'eye' to search heavens for undiscovered objects

December 08, 2009 – The Earth Times

NASA's newest “eye” to be launched Wednesday is a satellite equipped with unprecedented infrared sensitivity to scope out cosmic objects unseen by other cameras. The Wide‐field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, is to launch at 1409 GMT from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

New NASA Telescope to Scan for Undiscovered Galaxies, Stars

December 07, 2009 – The Associated Press

NASA’s latest space telescope will scan the sky in search of never‐before‐seen asteroids, comets, stars and galaxies, with one of its main tasks to catalog objects posing a danger to Earth.

NASA to launch asteroid‐detecting spacecraft Dec. 9 from California

December 07, 2009 – LA Business Tech Examiner

On Friday, Nov 11th the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is scheduled to launch the Wide‐field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 6:09 a.m. PST. The project has been almost 12 years in the making and cost $320 million, including operations and launching.

New NASA Craft, With Infrared Power, Will Map the Unseen Sky

December 07, 2009 – The New York Times

Most of the light from stars and other objects like planets in the universe is doubly invisible. It comes in the form of infrared, or heat radiation, with wavelengths too long for our eyes to pick up. Moreover, most infrared wavelengths do not penetrate the Earth’s atmosphere to get to our unseeing eyes.

NASA’s WISE infrared satellite to reveal new galaxies, stars, asteroids

December 04, 2009 – PhysOrg.com

Data from the satellite, says principal investigator and UCLA professor Edward Wright, will help scientists answer fundamental questions about the history of our solar system, the Milky Way and the univese.

SDL taps Holt for director

November 18, 2009 – The Herald Journal

Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Lab has selected a veteran employee as its new director.

USURF Taps Holt to Lead SDL, Marshall’s BD Role Expands

November 13, 2009 – USURF

The Utah State University Research Foundation has named Niel Holt director of its Space Dynamics Laboratory. The appointment became effective on November 13.

SDL celebrates 50th anniversary

August 09, 2009 – The Herald Journal

Three‐year‐old Jackson Badger smiled as he watched a Space Dynamics Lab “mad scientist” make him a cup of slime by mixing several chemicals.

Space Dynamics Lab celebrates 50 years in space

August 03, 2009 – The Herald Journal

During its 50‐year history, Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Lab has always placed a strong emphasis on guiding the next generation of aerospace engineers.

The Space Show Broadcast 1192 (Special Edition)

July 17, 2009 – The Space Show

Dr. Pat Patterson returned to The Space Show with the new Director of the Space Dynamics Lab (SDL) at Utah State University, Dr. Douglas Lemon, to discuss the upcoming SmallSat Conference in Logan, Utah from August 10 – 13, 2009.

USU projects clear funding hurdle

July 09, 2009 – The Herald Journal

A number of Utah State University projects – including a major new College of Agriculture facility – have passed the first hurdle in gaining millions in Congressional funding.

USU’s Space Dynamics Laboratory / 50 years of putting U.S.A into space

June 23, 2009 – The Standard‐Examiner

In 1947, 10 years before Russia successfully launched the first rockets into space, scientists and engineers from Utah were among those working toward a similar goal in the New Mexico desert.

Space Dynamics Laboratory Awarded Contract for Infrared Payloads

June 15, 2009 – USURF

The Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL) has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Air Force, Space and Missiles Systems Center (SMC) for the research and development of infrared payloads, test and evaluation, software development, and data processing.

USU Space Dynamics lab marks 50 years of research

June 05 03, 2009 – Deseret News

Putting itself on the galactic map, Utah State University spent Friday morning touting projects like the EyePod, which doesn’t boom music into outer space but takes remote pictures on reconnaissance missions.

Space Dynamics Laboratory Eyes Opportunities on Different Fronts

June 01, 2009 – Space News

Utah State University’s Space Laboratory (SDL) lost biggest single source of revenue May when it shipped off telescope built for a NASA astronomy mission, but the nonprofit corporation is still steady revenue growth next year. SDL, based in North Logan, Utah, hopes to more than make up for the closing revenue stream with several new ventures, including the creation of a for‐profit company to sell thermal management hardware and a business partnership with an orbital analysis software company, Douglas Lemon, the laboratory’s director, said in an interview. With NASA’s increasing focus on Earth observation missions, the lab is also hoping its expertise in infrared sensors will help it land some major instrument contracts in coming years, he said.

SDL works on space instrument

May 21, 2009 – The Herald Journal

A new instrument built at Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Laboratory will help scientists see deep into the universe in search of the origins of star systems.

A WISE SDL Completion Sends The Instrument Packing To Ball Aerospace

May 19, 2009 – Satnews Daily

Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL) has completed NASA’s Wide‐field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) science instrument.

Space Dynamics Laboratory Ships Science Instrument to Chart the Skies

May 19, 2009 – USURF

Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL) announced that it has completed NASA’s Wide‐field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) science instrument. The WISE instrument was shipped from SDL’s manufacturing and test facility in North Logan, Utah, to Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. in Boulder, Colo., where it will be integrated onto the satellite.

UAV helicopter brings finesse to airstrikes

May, 2009 – Popular Mechanics

In modern warfare, the advantage often goes to guerrillas who can attack, then quickly hide among the population or disappear into the hills. To counter those tactics, the Pentagon since 2001 has been arming unmanned aerial vehicles to identify and destroy targets with missiles. The Defense Department is seeking weapons for UAVs that can strike enemies but limit collateral damage, especially in cities.

Space Dynamics Laboratory Celebrates 50 Years of Innovation

March 31, 2009 – USURF

Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL) is celebrating its 50th year of providing world class, space‐based and terrestrial solutions for commercial, civil and defense customers.

Agi and Space Dynamics Laboratory Form Business Partnership

March 30, 2009 – USURF

Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI), the producer of commercial off‐the‐shelf software for analysis of space, defense and intelligence assets, and Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL), a nonprofit research corporation focused on defense and science objectives, announced their new business partnership today.

Albrecht testifies before state congressional committee

February 09, 2009 – Hard News Cafe, Utah State University

Utah State University President Stan Albrecht went before the Higher Education Appropriations subcommittee to deliver a presentation and testimony on the value of higher education and of the research currently being done at USU.

Utah students get unique chance to talk with astronauts in space

January 16, 2009 – KSL News

For the first time in Utah, a high school has linked up live with the International Space Station so students could see and talk directly with those who know the most about space travel.

SDL licenses with spinoff company

January 12, 2009 – The Herald Journal

Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Laboratory is bringing its technology to the marketplace for the first time through a licensing agreement with a new company. SDL signed the contract with Thermal Management Technologies on Dec. 19. TMT is technically a “spin-out” business of the Utah State University Research Foundation; SDL is the largest USURF unit.

New company in valley is first spinout from Space Dynamics Laboratory

January 07, 2009 – USURF

Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Laboratory has reached another milestone. On December 19th, the largest operating unit of the Utah State University Research Foundation signed a license agreement granting its intellectual property to TMT, or Thermal Management Technologies. The historic event represents the first for–profit company to be spun out from the non–profit research laboratory, creating opportunities for economic growth in Utah and the Cache Valley.