|Space Astronomy Laboratory
||Washburn Astronomical Laboratories
The Space Astronomy Laboratory (SAL) is a unit of the Astronomy Department at the the University of Wisconsin - Madison. SAL designs and builds instruments for the Department of Astronomy. These instruments help the Astronomy Department's faculty to do research in both space-based and ground-based astronomy.
Current projects include
- Star Tracker 5000, part of a sounding rocket control system that performs yaw-pitch-roll control of sub-orbital rockets, autonomous attitude determination, and Progressive Image Transmission for low-bandwidth imaging from space
- WIYN Port Adaptor for NASA's next generation planet-finding NEID spectrograph
- Robert Stobie Spectrograph (RSS, formerly PFIS) at the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT)
- Near Infrared addition to the RSS
- UWisc-MaNGA, the University of Wisconsin's Post-modern AS3 Fiber Test Stand Project
- Wisconsin H-Alpha Mapper, a survey instrument formerly at KPNO, now at CTIO
- WIYN High Resolution Infrared Camera
- WIYN 3.5m Telescope, a major research telescope at KPNO
- Pine Bluff Observatory, a teaching and research observatory located near Madison
- Progressive Image Transmission (PIT), a low-bandwidth image channel from rockets and satellites
- UW Space Place, a public outreach and educational facility
Past research has included
Image Gallery (or PDF) of soldering techniques, dos and don'ts from the NASA/JPL soldering school.
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