Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Space Sciences Research Laboratory
The Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Space Sciences Research Laboratory (or "Space Science Lab") is used by
students to develop hardware and software that allow for remote observations via telescopes and
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAVs). The research lab is used
as a control room for operating telescopes remotely. Research telescopes are located
11 miles north of the campus at the SFA Observatory. Students conducting research can also use telescopes that are part of the
Skynet Robotic Telescope Network. The research lab houses several telescopes that
are used for observations on the observation deck of the STEM Building. A Coronado H-Alpha solar telescope
is used for daytime observations of the Sun.
The Space Science Lab is also an area were undergraduate and graduate students can conduct
research on a variety of research projects in the area of physics, engineering, and astronomy.
For example, the research lab is used to prepare equipment for "Near Space" projects involving large
high-altitude weather balloons that carry scientific payloads to the edge of space.
The lab is equipped with SLA and PLA 3D printers, electrical engineering equipment,
and other tools to assist students with independent research experiments
or engineering capstone design projects.