MDA Awards the Space Dynamics Laboratory UARC Contract

By Trina Paskett, Space Dynamics Laboratory
and Chris Taylor, Missile Defense Agency
July 8, 2005

Logan, Utah – Utah State University Research Foundation’s Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL) is being awarded a University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) contract sponsored by the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) worth up to $48 million over five years.

“We are looking forward to many exciting and new projects that will be funded by our unique designation as a UARC sponsored by MDA,” said Harry Ames, SDL deputy director. “It is now up to SDL to secure the programs that can use this funding.”

In order to become a UARC, a company has to be affiliated with or part of a university and work with the Department of Defense (DoD) to provide essential engineering, research, and/or development capabilities in core competencies.

SDL’s core competencies under the UARC include research, development, and engineering related to state-of-the-art and proof-of-concept sensor systems for airborne and space-based platforms, investigation of new sensor systems, and participation in the early stages of future DoD technology initiatives.

“This is a tremendous contract vehicle that allows government agencies to use SDL expertise in a non-competitive environment if the efforts meet the criteria established by the UARC contract,” said Hilary Lovell, SDL contract administrator for the UARC.

The five-year period of performance will have a maximum contract value of $48,315,811. The principal place of performance will be Logan, Utah, and the contract is expected to be completed in May 2010. As a UARC, SDL will maintain a strategic relationship with DoD that includes a quick response capability and use of its current operational experience.

“The Lab has worked with the DoD, particularly the MDA for several years, and we look forward to continuing to provide our support to them,” said Ames.

SDL, a nonprofit research corporation owned by Utah State University, has over five decades of experience in developing innovative solutions for complex science and military sensing needs.