Attitude, Determination, & Control System (ADCS) Testing

Preflight ADCS testing to verify performance reduces mission risk and helps operators and engineers better understand the systems that enable accurate pointing. SDL specializes in miniaturization, and our SmallSat Verification & Validation Lab is designed specifically for spacecraft, sub-systems, and components sized up to 25 kg.

Test Capabilities

  • Torque coils
  • Reaction wheels
  • Star trackers
  • Sun sensors
  • Magnetometer
  • Gyros/IMUs
  • GPS
  • Full ADCS system on an air bearing



Dynamic Ionosphere CubeSat Experiment

Twin CubeSats mapped the geomagnetic Storm Enhanced Density (SED) plasma bulge and plume formations in Earth’s ionosphere.


Auroral Spatial Structures Probe

ASSP was designed to measure the spatial and temporal variation of the energy flow in the upper atmosphere in and around the aurora to better understand global temperature changes in the thermosphere.


Hyper-Angular Rainbow Polarimeter

The HARP instrument is a wide field-of-view hyper-angular imaging polarimeter designed to characterize aerosol and cloud properties.

Spacecraft Platform

SDL’s spacecraft platform is a set of standard and customizable components that can be assembled into multiple mission configurations while minimizing non-recurring engineering costs and development schedules.

Various DoD Programs