Mission: To advance scientific and defense objectives by researching, developing and characterizing sensor, electronic, and software systems; providing program lifecycle support; and enhancing the education and development of scientists and engineers.
SDL Celebrated Our 60th Anniversary Family Style
In celebration of our 60th anniversary, SDL hosted a fun-filled family party this past weekend. The three-hour event featured lots of food and plenty of activities, including crafts, a tug-of-war, inflatables, a candy cannon, and science demos. (Stephen Dansie and liquid nitrogen are the perfect combination and always a crowd pleaser.) We even had a visit from Big Blue!
Delivering Mission Success Since 1959
Congratulations to all of our USU graduates!
SDL works with the DoD and industry in protecting our nation and supporting NASA’s vision to “reveal the unknown for the benefit of humankind.”
When you work for SDL, you will be working on projects that provide innovative, world-class sensor systems and supporting technologies to Government and industry. From electro-optical sensors and real-time data reconnaissance systems to calibration services and thermal management systems, SDL delivers the products and services to enable smarter decisions through the collection and analysis of data for science and military applications.
If you have an interest in intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance and supporting our warfighters, or perhaps you love space exploration and astronomy, or even if your thing is Earth remote sensing, SDL is the place for you.
Our core areas of expertise are:
For a more in depth look at SDL’s capabilities, visit our website at: http://www.sdl.usu.edu/capabilities/
Founded in 1967, the Utah State University Research Foundation is a nonprofit organization owned by Utah State University (USU) and governed by an independent Board of Trustees. The Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL), a unit of the Research Foundation, traces its origins to the earliest US space experiments using German V-2 rockets at the end of World War II. These experiments, which measured electron density in the upper atmosphere, led to the formation of the Upper Air Research Laboratory (UARL) at the University of Utah in 1948 and the Electro-Dynamics Laboratories (EDL) at Utah State University in 1959. UARL focused on studies of the physical properties of the upper atmosphere, while EDL primarily conducted optical/infrared aerospace research. The two laboratories frequently collaborated, and in 1970, UARL relocated to Utah State University. In 1982 the two laboratories merged to form SDL.
In 1996, the United States Department of Defense (DoD) established University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs) and designated SDL as one of six in the nation due to our legacy of superior performance and history in delivering innovative, sponsored research and engineering solutions to industry, private organizations, and Government agencies. Currently, SDL is one of 14 UARCs in the nation.
The Research Foundation’s mission is to bridge the gap between discovery, research, and outcomes that benefit the nation and society. Through SDL, the Research Foundation pursues this mission by conducting applied research and engineering development, which leads to technology and systems implementation for end use applications in civil, space, and military applications.
The Utah State University Research Foundation/Space Dynamics Laboratory is located in North Logan, Utah, a community that offers many opportunities for fun, service, and community involvement.
If you don’t live in Cache Valley already, then you may not know what you are missing. Logan consistently ranks as one of the best cities in the United States to live. Recently it was ranked number four in the top 25 best cities for career opportunities and number 35 in the top 50 college towns in America.
For outdoor activities, it doesn’t get much better. Cache Valley encompasses many trails for hiking, mountain biking, skiing, snowshoeing, and off-roading and offers easy access to National and state recreation areas, such as Bear Lake State Park and Cache National Forest, for camping, swimming, boating, hunting, fishing, and exploring.
Fun continues with many events and festivals hosted by the surrounding area, such as the Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theater, Old Ephraim’s Mountain Man Rendezvous, Cache Valley Storytelling Festival, and the Cruise-in. Additional events include marathons, triathlons, and other races as well as annual fairs and rodeos across the valley. The close proximity to Utah State University also ensures numerous sports, theater, and fine arts events year round.
As an agricultural community, Cache Valley proudly holds a weekly gardeners' market and participates in numerous events celebrating local produce, including Providence Apple Days, Brigham City Peach Days, and Bear Lake Raspberry Days. The foodie scene focuses on locally owned restaurants and stores and locally produced products.
Our employees often point to the nature of our work as one of the keys to their professional satisfaction. We value working hard and contributing to something meaningful, but we also celebrate our professional relationships, families, and personal interests. What do each of these areas mean to us? The following are just a few examples of what makes us a preferred employer.
I have been working at Space Dynamics Laboratory part-time
Great pay, really flexible hours, nice people
Can be monotonous at time
I applied online. I interviewed at Space Dynamics Laboratory.
I got called in and met with two people: the program manager and an engineer. Was asked a few technical questions about modeling and spacial orientation. Was also asked personality questions.