Utah State University Space Dynamics Lab Receives Space R&D Contracts Worth $1.3 Billion

The Utah State University Space Dynamics Laboratory has been awarded contracts by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) worth a combined $1.31 billion for a range of space research and development work.

The $1 billion AFRL Space & Nuclear Advanced Prototypes, Experiments & Technology (SNAPET) Research & Development (R&D) contract covers “essential engineering support and capability in the areas of sensor and system development, modeling and simulation, experimentation, data analysis and sensor and system validations on space vehicles,” the Department of Defense (DOD) announced.

Work on the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract will be performed in North Logan, Utah and Albuquerque, N.M. The contract runs until Nov. 30, 2026.

Under the $300 million MDA contract, the Space Dynamics Laboratory will perform “research, development, engineering, state of-the-art and proof-of-concept spaced-based sensor systems, and advanced technology research and development,” DOD said.

Work on the cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract will be performed in North Logan, Utah, and Huntsville, Ala. The ordering period is from Nov. 23, 2021, through Nov. 22, 2028.