LASP has a highly dedicated team of professional mechanical/electrical engineers and students with substantial experience in designing, fabricating, integrating and operating:
- planetary instruments
- Earth observing instruments
- solar observing instruments
- fields and particle instruments
- space dust instrumentation
- advanced detectors
- space flight computational hardware
- optical systems and mechanisms
- instrument calibrations and testing all facets of flight hardware.
In additional to the LASP facilities, we utilize other local aerospace facilities at CU-CASA, Ball Aerospace, and Lockheed Martin for specialized environmental testing, such as vibration, EMI/EMC, thermal vacuum, and acoustic tests.
There are a number of specialized laboratories at LASP used in developing, assembling, building, testing, cleaning, and calibrating components and instruments built on-site. These laboratories include facilities for:
- assembling electronics,
- testing electronics under varying pressure and thermal conditions,
- mixing and applying bonding materials, coatings, encapsulants, and polymeric materials,
- cleaning components via ultrasound and de-ionized water,
- metrology testing,
- light-sensitive testing, and
To learn more, visit: Laboratory Facilities at LASP
Radiometric Calibration Laboratories
The unique capabilities of two LASP labs are highly-specific for improving the radiometric calibration accuracy of instruments measuring total solar irradiance (TSI) and spectral solar irradiance (SSI). Their capabilities include establishing ground-based irradiance reference standards, and providing a means to compare these instruments against this standard under flight-like operating conditions. These labs, the TSI Radiometer Facility, and the Spectral Radiometer Facility are the only calibration facilities in the world capable of characterizing TSI and SSI instruments to the desired absolute radiometric accuracy at power levels and vacuum conditions experienced on flight.
Vacuum Test Chambers
LASP has a number of vacuum systems for environmental testing and conditioning of space instruments to ensure that they will function properly in the extremes of space including, temperature, humidity, and radiation levels amongst others. All vacuum systems are roughed by oil-free roughing pumps and cleanliness of the systems is monitored with Residual Gas Analyzers and Thermo-Electric Quartz Crystal Micro Balances.
To learn more, visit: Vacuum Test Chamber Facilities at LASP
LASP has a 2 story, 2000 sq. ft., class 10000 clean room suitable for building spacecraft.
LASP also has three other designated clean rooms.
- Two are 500 square foot clean rooms with an air cleanliness level of class 10000.
- The third is a 400 square foot, class 10000 fully equipped detector development lab.
All clean rooms are equipped with certified class 100 laminar flow assembly benches, are ESD compatible, and humidity and temperature controlled. One of the clean rooms is equipped with two vacuum thin film deposition chambers.
To learn more, visit: Clean Room Facilities at LASP
The LASP Instrument shop draws on more than 214 years of combined machining experience working on a variety of materials including metals, ceramics, and plastics and off designs based on prints, sketches, and computer aided designs (CAD).
To learn more, visit: Machine Shop Facility at LASP