SAIL is part of Center for Space and Atmospheric Research (CSAR) and is located within the Physical Sciences Department of Embry-Riddle’s Daytona beach campus. It is housed in a new building (inaugurated Jan 2014) of the College of Arts and Sciences. The department has a total of usable 56,000 square feet of teaching and research labs within the building.
SAIL is card-access controlled where export controlled (ITAR) and restricted research and development can be conducted. SAIL has 1700 square feet of space, separated in two rooms of 900 sq ft and 800 sq ft.
The larger 900 sq ft lab space has spectacular views of the Daytona Beach Airport runway and is divided into three sections. One section has 5 desks and workstations for students, as well as a conference table setup with a projector and camera for internet based conferences. The second section has mechanical hardware building capability with various tools, hardtop benches for assembly, a spin table, etc. And finally, a third section is an ESD safe zone with two comprehensively equipped electronics workbenches for doing surface-mount assembly and testing of printed circuit boards. The room also has an environmental chamber capable of thermal cycling -70 C to +180 C objects upto 6U CubeSat in size. The chamber is used for calibration of instruments as well as thermal bakeout of flight instruments.
The smaller 800 sq ft lab space houses two plasma chambers. The larger cylindrical chamber is 2 meters long and 1 meter in diameter with a base pressure of 10e-7 torr. It can generate a maximum plasma density of 10e9/cm3 and maximum electron temperature of 5 eV. For now the chamber is used for characterization of plasma diagnostic instruments that are flown on rockets and satellites. A smaller acrylic chamber that is 18 inch in height and 11 inch in width is used for doing dusty plasma experiments as well as outgassing testing for new materials.