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ASU’s Interplanetary Initiative to celebrate premier new lab space

The new research and development environment is dedicated to teams including external partners and ASU faculty and students

February 11, 2020

Arizona State University's Interplanetary Initiative will celebrate the grand opening event of its new lab Feb. 27,  from 4-6 p.m. in Sun Devil Hall, room 160. The initiative is inviting ASU affiliates, external partners and the public to be among the first people to preview the new lab space with self-guided tours of the different areas.   

The Interplanetary Lab, a facility devoted to interdisciplinary research and development, contains roughly 6,800 square feet of in-house, design-build-fly space, making it one of the more diverse lab environments at ASU. From inception through its completion on Dec. 1, 2019, the lab took 15 months to fully construct. It contains a protospace area, electronics lab, shop, vacuum testing area, ground station and clean room. 

These features will benefit students and faculty at ASU as well as external partners looking to collaborate on the interdisciplinary projects of the Interplanetary Initiative. Offering rapid building and testing capabilities, the lab will facilitate accelerated progress on multiple projects at once while offering on-site staff engineers to manage the space and mentor teams. The lab seeks strong stakeholder support in answering compelling questions that have room for growth and potential for outside funding and/or corporate partnerships. 

Learn more about the grand opening event, or register to attend

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