A new interdisciplinary SmallSat initiative at the UA includes construction of integration and test facilities as well as a CubeSat ground station. University of Arizona offers a world-class research environment in ground and space-based astrophysics with strong interdisciplinary programs across the Departments of Astronomy, Optical Sciences, Planetary Sciences, Physics, and the UA Data Science Institute. Steward Observatory provides direct access to various world-class facilities for ground-based radio and optical observing. Among these are the Large Binocular Telescope and 6.5m aperture telescopes located in both the northern and southern hemispheres.

Prototyping and 3D printing

UA students should feel free to contact us if they have space or astronomy related components they would like to prototype. Available equipment include a Dremel LC40 laser cutter and 3D printers, including a Dremel 3D40 and a Markforged Onyx Pro printer allow rapid prototyping.

Optical Metrology and Testing

Our lab’s 4D PhaseCam 6000 allows vibration insensitive metrology of optical systems such a space telescope assemblies as well as testing of individual optical components on nanometer scales.

Ground-based Astronomical Observatories

Steward Observatory is a partner and home to a wide range of world-class observatories, for details see our observatories page.