Clockwise from top left: Nathaniel Frissell, AJ Ribeiro, and Neeraj Pramodkumar look at realtime data from a NorthAmerican radar array in the VT SuperDARN lab. In his new lab space, Scott Bailey works on a collimator with a laser source, which is used to focus a large telescope that flies on a rocket. A group of students work in one of the common areas of the new building.
Space@VT moved into a new building in July 2012, enabling space science researchers from multiple departments to work in close proximity. The new building has offices, laboratories, meeting/seminar rooms, and design, test, and fabrication facilities. Collaboration was the driving force behind the new building, according to ECE's Scott Bailey. "Working together is a lot easier, and our time is spent more efficiently and productively."