System Design & Architecture

A properly designed system with solid architecture helps engineers detect problems in critical areas early and saves development time. As a Government and industry partner, SDL provides creative, effective, and efficient solutions to customers’ engineering challenges within the identified constraints.


  • University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) for the Missile Defense Agency (MDA)
  • Effective relationships with industry suppliers
  • Highly educated workforce
  • Onsite integration and test facilities
  • Expertise in multiple engineering disciplines
  • Experience in space-borne, airborne, and ground missions
  • Modular Open System Architecture (MOSA)



Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer

The WISE cryogenically-cooled infrared telescope provided a complete stellar infrared map more than 1,000 times more detailed than previous surveys.


Sounding of the Atmosphere using Broadband Emission Radiometry

SABER, a 10-channel infrared (1.27 to 16.9 µm) radiometer, is one of four instruments on NASA's TIMED mission, which is dedicated to study the dynamics of the Mesosphere and Lower Thermosphere (MLT) portion of the Earth's atmosphere.


Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere Solar Occultation for Ice Experiment

SOFIE is one of three instruments aboard the Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) satellite. AIM’s objective is to study polar mesospheric clouds and the environment in which they form.


Geosynchronous Imaging Fourier Transform Spectrometer

GIFTS was successfully tested and calibrated as an engineering demonstration unit to ground-validate technologies critical to NOAA’s Hyperspectral Environmental Suite for the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) system.


Distributed Common Ground System

SDL delivers customized ground stations, the modular VANTAGE™ software suite, and data link interface products to support the unique needs of the DoD’s DCGS programs for the Air Force, Navy, Army and Marine Corps.


Network Analysis Device

SDL designed and developed hardware for high-speed network routing and analysis.


Fusion, Exploitation, Algorithm, Targeting High-Altitude Reconnaissance

Under the FEATHAR program, SDL developed enhanced integrated multi‐intelligence sensor systems and fusion processing algorithms for multiple‐networked ISR platforms to identify, geo‐locate, and track enemy targets.


Advanced Reconnaissance Compression Hardware

SDL developed the ARCH hardware and software suite to provide near real-time image compression for the US Navy’s tactical reconnaissance systems.