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.

The AASS research laboratory is located on the third floor of the STEM Building at Stephen F. Austin State University.

Areas of Study

  • Minor Planet Discoveries and Observations
  • Near Space Projects
  • Computer Modeling and Software Development
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems
  • Engineering Design Projects
  • 3D Printing and Laser Cutting
  • Circuit Design and Construction
  • Exoplanet Observations
  • Eclipsing Binary Stars

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