Utah space expert recalls Apollo 8 Christmas Eve message

December 24, 2008 – KSL News

While kids awaited the arrival of Santa on this night four decades ago, the people of Earth listened to three voices from a different sleigh far out in space. Tonight marks the 40th anniversary of a message from three wise men in their own right aboard Apollo 8.

Space Dynamics Laboratory’s governing body names two executive vice presidents

December 5, 2008 – USURF

The Utah State University Research Foundation, known as USURF, officially announced and filled two new executive vice president positions at its last board of trustees meeting. Dr. Douglas Lemon and Mr. Forrest Fackrell accepted the titles of Executive Vice President and Director of Laboratories and Executive Vice President for Business Operations, respectively.

The Infrared Eye of WISE

December, 2008 – Sky & Telescope

As the Spitzer Space Telescope nears the end of its primary, cryogenic phase, work on NASA’s next infrared observatory is advancing. The telescope for the Wide–field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) is having its focus checked at the Space Dynamics Lab in Utah, before being shipped next year to Colorado, where the spacecraft bus is assembled.

Kerry Bringhurst hosts a conversation with Dr. Douglas Lemon

November 25, 2008 – Utah Public Radio, Access Utah

Kerry Bringhurst hosts a conversation with Dr. Douglas Lemon, the new director for the USU Space Dynamics Laboratory. The USU alum holds a bachelor's degree and PH.D. in physics from USU and was awarded the university's coveted Robin's Award in 1974. Lemon's career spans nearly 30 years in various roles at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Washington State.

USU welcomes a new space director

November 12, 2008 – The Utah Statesman

Former USU Aggie Douglas Lemon has returned to Utah State to replace Mike Pavich as the Space Dynamics Laboratory’s director.

Physicist to head USU’s Space Dynamics Lab

October 20, 2008 – The Salt Lake Tribune

Utah State University has named a physicist with a 30–year background in federal energy research to head its Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL), replacing the recently retired Mike Pavich. Cache Valley native Douglas Lemon has worn many hats at Washington state’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, most recently as the lab’s strategy director and as CEO of a spin–off called Advanced Geographic Information Systems, Inc.

Dr. Doug Lemon was named director of the Space Dynamics Laboratory

October, 2008 – Utah CEO Magazine

Dr. Doug Lemon was named director of the Space Dynamics Laboratory. The laboratory, a nonprofit research corporation owned by Utah State University, was led for the past five years by Mike Pavich, who is retiring.

Space: Exploring the final frontier

October 1, 2008 – The Utah Statesman

Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Lab (SDL) is a huge research facility, consisting of six buildings and 200,000 square feet of laboratory, office and conference space. The headquarters are located in North Logan, with other SDL offices located in Massachusetts, New Mexico and Colorado.

SDL looks to get $11M in federal funds

September 30, 2008 – The Herald Journal

Congress has approved roughly $11 million in funding for national security projects housed at Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Lab.

Utah military installments get lift from Congress

September 28, 2008 – Deseret News

The Senate passed and sent to President Bush on Saturday a stop–gap funding bill that included more than $130 million for Utah defense bases and contractors.

USU student wins contest award for satellite work

September 22, 2008 – The Herald Journal

A Utah State University graduate student won a $10,000 scholarship in an annual contest held during the school’s Small Satellite Conference.

PNNL's Lemon to leave for Utah State

September 11, 2008 – Tri-City Herald

Douglas Lemon of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will become director of the Space Dynamic Laboratory at Utah State University in North Logan next month.

USU alum returning as newest SDL head

September 10, 2008 – The Herald Journal

The Utah State University Research Foundation on Tuesday named Dr. Douglas Lemon as director of the Space Dynamics Laboratory.

USU alum to head space laboratory

September 10, 2008 – The Standard-Examiner

The Utah State University Research Foundation on Tuesday named Dr. Douglas Lemon as director of the Space Dynamics Laboratory.

New commissioner of higher education kicks off statewide college, university tour at USU

September 10, 2008 – The Herald Journal

William Sederburg, Utah’s new commissioner of higher education, likes to say that physical stamina is essential in politics – and his recent visit to Utah State University proved the adage.

USU alum named head of Space Dynamics Laboratory

September 9, 2008 – Associated Press

The Utah State University Research Foundation on Tuesday named Dr. Douglas Lemon as director of the Space Dynamics Laboratory.

Space Dynamics Laboratory welcomes USU alum as new director

September 8, 2008 – USURF

The Utah State University Research Foundation announced today that Dr. Douglas Lemon has been selected as the Space Dynamics Laboratory’s new director, replacing Mike Pavich who is retiring after 5 years of dedicated service.

Protective ‘Skin’ Could Herald Tiny Satellite Fleet

September 5, 2008 – Discovery News

In what could be a big breakthrough for tiny satellites, a team of researchers has created a thin plastic–like coating that can switch from cooling to warming with a quick pulse of electricity.

OK, it is rocket science

August 23, 2008 – The Herald Journal

For many Aggies, life really is rocket science. To date, more student–built experiments have been sent into space from Utah State University than any other institution of higher learning in the world.

SDL ‘CyberSMART’ in face of new digital threats

August 21, 2008 – The Herald Journal

Imagine foreign officials hacking into Wall Street computer systems and bringing the stock market to a standstill. National security experts say that scenario is becoming more likely as nations and large terrorist groups realize the potential of cyber attacks.

Tiny Satellites Promise Low-Risk, Low-Cost Space Future

August 20, 2008 – National Geographic News

Space–industry belt-tightening and ever shrinking technology are combining to give tiny satellites a big future, scientists say.

USU’s Space Dynamics Laboratory sponsors 17th Calibration Conference

August 20, 2008 – USURF

August 25-28 marks the 17th annual CALCON Technical Conference held on the Utah State University campus in the Eccles Conference Center.

The Space Show Broadcast 999

August 15, 2008 – The Space Show

This program consists of three sets of interviews from the August 2008 SmallSat Conference located on the campus of Utah State University in Logan, Utah.

Small Satellite Conference; USU hosts milestone gathering

August 14, 2008 – The Standard-Examiner

Close to 1,000 aerospace professors, students and industry representatives are gathering here this week for Utah State University's Small Satellite Conference.

USU conference beginning today

August 14, 2008– The Herald Journal

The 22nd annual Small Satellite Conference kicks off Aug. 11-14 at Utah State University.

Demand for data

August 4, 2008– The Herald Journal

Business is booming at Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Lab, which recently spent $5.7 million upgrading equipment used to test satellites and other remote sensors before they are launched.

Space Dynamics Laboratory invests $5.7 M to upgrade its calibration capabilities

August 1, 2008 – USURF

At a time when many companies are trimming personnel and reducing investments to their infrastructure, the Space Dynamics Laboratory in North Logan, Utah, is doing the opposite. The research lab owned by Utah State University and known as SDL, is spending millions of dollars to upgrade its equipment and facilities and has increased its talented workforce by nearly a quarter since 2006.

Area hotels sell out as space experts invade Cache Valley

August 1, 2008 – USURF

The 22nd Annual Small Satellite Conference kicks off August 11–;14, 2008, at Utah State University. This year’s focus is on the expanding business of small space, and strategically advancing the business into a profitable industry.

The Space Show Broadcast 983

July 17, 2008 – The Space Show

Dr. Pat Patterson returned to The Space Show to discuss this year's SmallSat conference from August 11-14 in Logan, Utah (

USU Space Dynamics Lab to split lead duties

July 14, 2008 – The Herald Journal

The Space Dynamics Laboratory at Utah State University will soon see some changes in leadership. Current SDL head Mike Pavich plans to retire in October, and the organization has decided to split his position between two new hires — SDL director and president of the USU Research Foundation.

Director of Space Dynamics Laboratory retiring in October leaving two positions to fill

July 14, 2008 – USURF

The Space Dynamics Laboratory at Utah State University has announced the upcoming retirement of its director, Mike Pavich. Pavich, who has served as SDL’s director for five years, has also held the position of president of the Utah State University Research Foundation, SDL’s governing body, for the past two years.

USU lab's projects often soar — into space

June 15, 2008 – Deseret News

On board the space shuttle Discovery, which returned to Earth Saturday, was technology designed and created by students and faculty at Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Laboratory. Not only has the Logan school designed, built and flown more experiments into space than any other university in the world, but Thermal Management Technologies Director J. Clair Batty said USU students are learning to enterprise and commercialize their space-age products.

Utah employers honored for efforts to promote safety

June 7, 2008 – The Salt Lake Tribune

In order to foster injury prevention awareness, the Workers Compensation Fund annually offers its Charles A. Caine Safety Awards to applaud the efforts of Utah companies whose programs and success in creating a safe workplace can serve as example to other businesses.

Space Dynamics Lab Researcher Discusses Innovative Space Technology in Utah

June 5, 2008 – Utah State Today

Utah State University has designed, built and flown more experiments into space than any other university in the world. USU Space Dynamics Laboratory researcher J. Clair Batty will present at USU’s Sunrise Session presentation Friday, June 13, at 7:30 a.m., at Little America Hotel (500 South Main) in Salt Lake City. Attendees will hear Batty discuss USU’s space research heritage and the innovative next–generation discoveries in which SDL is involved.

Cache Valley companies win safety awards

May 30, 2008 – The Herald Journal

Two Cache Valley businesses will be awarded by the Worker’s Compensation Fund next week for their workplace safety endeavors.

Two Valley Businesses Honored for Workplace Safety

May 29, 2008 – USURF, ICON Health & Fitness Inc.

The Utah State University Research Foundation’s Space Dynamics Laboratory, or SDL, will receive a Charles A. Caine Safety Award for maintaining and improving a safe workplace. The company is one of only fifteen companies in the state to be presented with the Caine award.

Lockheed Martin Team Completes Calibration of Key Component for MDA’s Multiple Kill Vehicle–L

May 21, 2008 – Space Daily

Lockheed Martin has announced that its team has completed an important milestone for a key element of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency’s Multiple Kill Vehicle–L (MKV–L) payload by successfully calibrating an operational pathfinder seeker for the carrier vehicle at the Space Dynamics Laboratory in North Logan, Utah.

Mr. September – USU Engineering Student Takes Home Best of Show

May, 2008 – Utah State Today

When Utah State University mechanical and aerospace engineering student Dennis Olsen sat down in the Engineering Graphics class in Fall 2007, he had no idea that he was about to create a piece of art that would be distributed around the world.

Plants as Important in Space as on Earth

April 8, 2008 – Voice of America

Growing a vegetable garden isn’t so difficult, on earth. But a space garden… well, that's another story. Still, as Sheri Quinn reports, plants will likely be an important part of future space missions, not only to sustain the travelers’ bodies, but their souls, as well.

The governor’s Centers of Excellence program redirects research funding to private sector

March 27, 2008 – Salt Lake City Weekly

Under Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr.’s tenure, the Centers of Excellence program goal has been to efficiently get high–tech research to the market, and in typical Utah fashion—on a budget.

Utah State Research Unit Wins NOAA Sensor Work

March 24, 2008 – Space News

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) awarded the Utah State University Research Foundation (Space Dynamics Laboratory) of Logan a contract worth as much as $4.5 million over five years to provide technical support and perform two technology development studies for instruments slated to fly aboard its new generation of polar–orbiting weather satellites, NOAA said in a March 13 press release.

Multiple Kill Vehicle–L Calibrated for Success

March 19, 2008 – Missile Defense Agency

On April 16, 2008 at the Space Dynamics Laboratory in North Logan, Utah, the Multiple Kill Vehicle team completed calibration of the pathfinder carrier vehicle seeker. Completion of pathfinder seeker calibration is a major milestone along the way to develop new technology required for target tracking and discrimination for the Multiple Kill Vehicle program. Completion of this milestone is the culmination of a multi–year effort to develop telescopes, structures, electronics, and software to meet the challenging requirements of mid–course threat sensing.

USU experiment taking flight with NASA

March 9, 2008 – Deseret Morning News

When space shuttle Endeavor launches on the next NASA expedition to the International Space Station — recently scheduled for next Tuesday — it will be carrying experiments assembled by Utah State University that should help many future space projects.

Valley suffers 3 straight red air days

February 20, 2008 – The Herald Journal

For the third straight day, the air in Cache Valley has violated the federal standard, and it’s unclear just how long the inversion will last. Some Utah State University students and employees of the USU Space Dynamics Laboratory, however, braved the air pollution while trying to gather research on the inversion Tuesday.

Space Dynamics Laboratory Opens Albuquerque Office

February 18, 2008 – Space News

Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Laboratory, a non–profit research corporation that builds sensors for civilian and military U.S. government customers, announced the opening of a new Albuquerque, N.M., office in a Feb. 11 press release.

Student rocket team competing nationally

February 8, 2008 – The Utah Statesman

The USU launch team will compete for the first time in the NASA–funded University Launch Initiative Rocketeering Challenge on April 19 in Huntsville, Ala.

SDL opens N.M. office

February 7, 2008 – The Herald Journal

Calling it a result of a growing and successful company, the Space Dynamics Laboratory announced they have opened another office outside Logan. An Albuquerque, N.M., satellite office will continue to serve major clients SDL already has worked with, such as the Air Force Research Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories.

SDL opens satellite office in Albuquerque, New Mexico

January 25, 2008 – USURF

The Space Dynamics Laboratory, a not-for-profit research corporation owned by Utah State University, announces the opening of its satellite office in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


January 23, 2008 – The Herald Journal

A reconnaissance program nicknamed D.U.S.T.E.R. for Deployable Unmanned Systems for Targeting, Exploitation and Reconnaissance, has developed a pair of imaging devices lightweight enough to be placed on very small unmanned aircraft, which offers a tactical advantage because it prevents the need to put people in harm’s way, and small aircraft are less expensive to fly or to lose.

Night Hawks

January 1, 2008 – Utah State Magazine

Photographing noctilucent clouds and meteor showers in order to learn more about our solar system.