Facilities and Services

UASI hosts multiple test systems, facilities, and capabilities. The centerpiece of this is the Applied Research Building (ARB), which has been meticulously designed to fulfill the diverse and stringent requirements of our internal users, outside clients, and scientific partners.

The ARB offers advanced capabilities to cater to the evolving demands of upcoming spacecraft and instruments. Additionally, it plays a pivotal role in fostering a thriving community of space-focused enterprises, expertise, and resources within the University of Arizona Space Institute. Below is a list of our current capabilities, including space assembly, integration, and test facilities. These facilities and services are available for both internal or external users. For more detailed specifications, costs, and availability please contact us at the email below. 

For more information, please email: space-institute@arizona.edu 

Space Assembly & Test Facilities


Thermal Vacuum Chamber

Our vacuum test chambers simulate various space environments, replicating conditions encountered by telecommunication satellites and components. These chambers are used to test the performance and durability of equipment under conditions such as vacuum, extreme temperatures, and radiation, ensuring their reliability in space. Whether evaluating satellite components or spacecraft subsystems, our chambers provide an essential tool for verifying the resilience and functionality of space-bound technology.


Dynamics and Vibration Testing

A vibration testing and dynamics table is a versatile tool used to simulate and assess the effects of mechanical stresses and vibrations on objects. Whether for ground transportation, industrial machinery, or aerospace applications like spacecraft, it subjects products to controlled vibrations—random or sinusoidal. This process aids in identifying structural weaknesses, evaluating durability, and optimizing designs to ensure resilience in diverse operational environments, including the extreme conditions of space.


EMC and Antenna Measurement Testing

An anechoic chamber is utilized for Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) testing and antenna testing. In EMC testing, it provides an environment free from external electromagnetic interference, allowing accurate measurement of a device's electromagnetic emissions or susceptibility. For antenna testing, the chamber's radio frequency isolation ensures precise measurement of antenna performance without external signal interference, facilitating design optimization and validation.

Integration, Clean Rooms, & Laboratories


High-Bay Facilities

With 40-foot ceilings similar to those found in warehouses, the ARB's high-bay payload laboratory will offer teams of scientists and engineers a dedicated space to assemble high-altitude stratospheric balloons.


Clean Rooms

UASI manages and maintains multiple clean rooms available for rent. These facilities can be utilized by space sector organizations, university affiliates, and internal university departments.



UASI offers state-of-the-art laboratory space for research and development needs. Our facilities are equipped with advanced technology, providing an optimal environment for innovative scientific work. Secure, clean, and highly adaptable, our labs support a wide range of research activities.

Manufacturing Facilities


3D Metal Printing

3D metal printing, part of additive manufacturing, builds objects layer by layer using metal powder. High-powered lasers or electron beams selectively melt and fuse the powder particles, forming intricate shapes. This method offers design flexibility and is utilized in diverse industries for creating prototypes and end-use parts.


Gas Metal Atomization

Gas metal atomization in metallurgy produces fine, uniform metal powders. Molten metal meets a high-pressure gas stream, often inert like argon or nitrogen, forming small droplets. These droplets solidify swiftly, becoming spherical metal particles. They find use in diverse applications like additive manufacturing, metal injection molding, and surface coating.

Mission Operations


Mission Operations Center

Our state-of-the-art facility in Tucson is the ultimate hub for managing spacecraft operations with precision and efficiency. Equipped with cutting-edge technology and staffed by seasoned experts, we offer unrivaled support to ensure the success of your space mission.


Data Management

UASI possesses extensive expertise in the processing, analysis, and archiving of scientific data.


Science Operations

A Science Operations Center is a specialized facility dedicated to managing the processing, analysis, and distribution of scientific data. It supports research projects by ensuring data integrity, facilitating efficient data workflows, and providing tools for comprehensive analysis. This center plays a crucial role in enabling scientists to derive meaningful insights from complex datasets.