Baylor's Space Science Lab (SSL) conducts research across a number of areas and offers both basic research as well as engineering and design opportunities for graduate, undergraduate and technical support students. Current research topics include laboratory and numerical simulations of gravitoelectrodynamics, protoplanetary/protostellar evolution, grain charging in space plasmas, grain coagulation in nebular clouds and hypervelocity and low velocity shock physics. Additional research is being conducted in the areas of impact studies, dust detector sensor design and calibration as well as prototype design of dust detectors for space flight missions and dust particle accelerators. Many of the above are relatively new research areas and as such show great potential for growth.
The Space Science Lab is located in outstanding facilities within the new Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC) located in the Central Texas Technology and Research Park. The BRIC is conveniently located to all modes of commercial land-based and airborne transport, providing CASPER researchers, industry/business clients and partnering institutions and organizations with over 300,000 square feet of functional space designed and appointed as Laboratories for prototyping and testing, offices and workspace, workforce training, business formation and development activities and Meeting/symposium halls. Within the BRIC, CASPER also features museum-quality scientific/technical artifact exhibits designed to spark interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics among area K-12 students and the community in general.
Researchers are provided with full on-site technical support in the areas of CAD/CAM, electrical discharge machining, lab safety, lasers, manufacturing, non-destructive testing/preventive maintenance, numerical control integration, plasma drag accelerators, system instrumentation, vacuum systems and welding. On-site fabrication and production capabilities are available through CASPER for use by contracting agencies. (All fabrication or modification requests must be scheduled well in advance of the start of the contract or collaboration.) Information concerning lead times and/or costs should be directed to Truell Hyde.