Active Sensor Stabilization & Pointing

Sensor systems are often required to point at a known geo-location and/or operate in high-vibration environments. SDL’s pointing technology accurately places the target in the sensor field of view while SDL’s patented image stabilization technology rejects disturbances to improve image quality.


  • Ground, airborne, and space sensor stabilization and pointing systems
  • Geo-referenced pointing
  • Patented image stabilization
  • Disturbance rejection
  • Dynamic systems modeling (first principles, control systems, flexible body dynamics, ray tracing)
  • Design and analysis (MATLAB/SimuLink/Simscape/Simmechanics, ADAMS, NASTRAN)
  • Hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) testing and development
  • Model validation (system/parameter identification)
  • Pointing and control system performance validation testing



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.


SDL’s EyePod is an intelligent, geo-aware, day/night-stabilized imaging sensor system for deployment aboard Group III unmanned aircraft systems.