History of SDL

SDL traces its origins to the earliest US space experiments utilizing German V-2 rockets at the end of World War II. These experiments, which measured electron density in the upper atmosphere, led to the formation of the Upper Air Research Laboratory (UARL) at the University of Utah in 1948 and the Electro-Dynamics Laboratories (EDL) at Utah State University in 1959. UARL focused on studies of the physical properties of the upper atmosphere, while EDL primarily conducted optical/infrared aerospace research. The two laboratories frequently collaborated and, in 1970, UARL relocated to Utah State University. In 1982, the two laboratories merged to form SDL.

Today's Space Dynamics Laboratory is the successor to these earlier laboratories, incorporating several decades of experience in experimentation and instrumentation for upper atmospheric and space measurements. Some of SDL’s significant accomplishments include the following: