About SDL

SDL is a nonprofit research corporation and a unit of the Utah State University Research Foundation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Utah State University.

SDL is one of 14 University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs) in the nation.

Core Areas of Expertise

  • Space rated instruments and payloads
  • Calibration
  • Cryogenic and thermal management
  • Small satellites and satellite systems
  • Systems engineering
  • Upper atmospheric measurements and modeling
  • Sensor system performance modeling and simulation
  • Ground stations and exploitation software
  • Data handling, compression, and analysis
  • Re-engineering, system engineering, and test
  • Cyber analytics and simulation


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.