Mission Operations

Traditional large spacecraft historically have used a unique, stand-alone C3 system developed in tandem with the spacecraft. SDL remains at the forefront of small satellite operations by providing a turn-key C3 solution that is agile and able to accommodate any satellite and a diverse array of mission sets. This system includes the operators and integrators who will work with the spacecraft engineering team to achieve operational capability on orbit using an adaptable, web-enabled ground software suite developed in house. SDL leverages its capabilities in designing and building systems to optimize mission operations. Operation functions include pre-launch integration, mission rehearsals, daily contact planning, real-time commanding, experiment plan execution, mission data processing, state-of-health monitoring, and data dissemination.


  • End-to-end integrated mission operations solution
  • Customizable software to meet varied mission requirements
  • Ability to support initial compatibility testing between spacecraft & ground networks
  • In-house ground software support
  • Scalable ground system architecture design
  • Multiple ground network connectivity
  • Access to a worldwide antenna network
  • Accredited to operate at various classification levels for Government agencies



Dynamic Ionosphere Cubesat Experiment

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


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.


Hyper-Angular Rainbow Polarimeter

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


Spatial Infrared Imaging Telescope

SPIRIT III was the infrared sensor aboard MDA’s Midcourse Space Experiment (MSX). This long-wave infrared instrumentation package consisted of a high spatial resolution radiometer, a high spectral resolution interferometer-spectrometer, and an extremely high-off-axis-rejection telescope.

Various DoD Programs