Facilities

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Environmental Testing

SPRL’s environmental testing facilities available to the University community include vibration tables for launch simulations, thermal and vacuum chambers to simulate environments from the high pressure environment of the ocean floor to the frigid vacuum of space.

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Precision Fabrication

  • Machining
  • Instrument builds
  • Laboratory equipment – Pulser, GNSS/R
  • Space qualified printed circuit boards
  • Wire-wrap circuit boards
  • Custom magnetic component fabrication
  • Custom mechanical component fabrication
  • Ultra-high vacuum systems

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Robotics

  • C, FORTRAN, ADA, NextStep, Oracle, IDL, Mathmatica, Matlab and assembly language programming
  • VMS, UNIX, DOS, NEXT, Windows, and Macintosh operating system
  • Real-time systems
  • Instrument ground support and data systems design
  • Database management
  • Embedded microprocessors

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Flight Operations Capabilities

  • Ground stations
  • Autonomous instrument control software
  • Scientific application development
  • Ultra-low power/weight design
  • High radiation and SEU tolerant design
  • MIL-STD-1553 data and command systems
  • Hybrid circuits
  • PLDs
  • Motion control systems
  • High-efficiency power supply design
  • Image acquisition and processing

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Mechanical-Optical Systems

  • Interferometry
  • Lasers
  • Beam steering systems
  • Telescopes
  • Fiber-optics
  • Imaging systems
  • Lidar
  • Electronic packaging
  • Space mechanisms
  • CCD and MCP-based detectors
  • Thermal control systems

Reliability and Quality Assurance

  • NASA/military, commercial, and experimental quality assurance procedures
  • Electronic design-data-management system
  • NASA trained fabrication technicians
  • NASA trained quality assurance inspector
  • NASA trained instructor in fabrication techniques
  • Bonded stores and parts tracking database