University Affiliated Research Center (UARC)

Collaborative research partnerships between universities and the Government are vital to National defense and homeland security missions. As the dedicated UARC for the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), SDL maintains essential engineering, research, and development capabilities and serves as subject matter experts for our core areas of expertise.


  • One of the original 6 UARCs in the nation, currently one of 14
  • Provide and maintain core capabilities for the Department of Defense (DoD)
    • Ease of access to technical resources
    • Respond quickly to evolving government requirements
    • Technical development
    • Independent assessment
    • Results in government-owned solutions to problems of National importance
    • Free from real or perceived conflicts of interest
  • UARC core competencies:
    • Electro-optical sensor systems research and development
      • Innovative sensor components and systems
      • Cryo-systems thermal design, development and handling
      • Data processing, handling and analysis
      • Program management
      • Sensor calibration, characterization, test and evaluation
    • Ground, airborne, and space rated instruments and payloads development, test and evaluation, integration, validation, and operations
    • Data compression/decompression and data visualization for sensor analysis, data exploitation and data fusion
    • Phenomenology measurements modeling and simulation
    • Sensor modeling and simulation
    • Small/micro satellite sensor systems and components