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 Nanosat Operation Verification and Assessment (NOVA) test facility is designed specifically for spacecraft, sub-systems, and components sized up to 25kg.

Test Capabilities

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

Experience

DICE

Dynamic Ionosphere CubeSat Experiment

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

ASSP

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.

HARP

HyperAngular Rainbow Polarimeter

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

Pearl

Spacecraft Platform

SDL’s Pearl 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