WHAT WE MAKE
We can manufacture parts, instruments, payloads, and satellites to withstand the rigors of spaceflight, and our facilities are used by many researchers who have special needs for their experiments.
WHAT WE DO
SSL projects tackle fundamental problems in atmospheric science, space physics, heliophysics, planetary science and astronomy. We invent, build, and operate our satellites from our laboratory in the Berkeley hills.
WHO WE ARE
SSL has scientists, engineers, and craftspeople with a wide range of skills to create new instrumentation and novel technologies for research projects. We welcome partnerships on projects requiring unique capabilities found only at SSL.
Scavenging spare parts and grabbing off-the-shelf hardware, University of California, Berkeley, space scientists are in a sprint to build scientific instruments that will land on the moon in a mere two years. NASA announced yesterday that it has selected 12 scientific payloads to fly aboard three lunar landing missions within the next few years. One
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If all goes as planned, two teams of scientists and engineers at UC Berkeley’s Space Sciences Laboratory will be sending experiments into orbit around Mars and Earth by the end of 2022, each mission consisting of identical twin satellites. Last month, NASA announced that a mission comprised of two spacecraft, each carrying an identical suite
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NASA has selected two satellite missions for launch on the same rocket in 2022 to investigate the origins of the solar wind and explore the interaction between magnetic fields around Earth with those from the sun. The Polarimeter to Unify the Corona and Heliosphere, or PUNCH, mission will include four suitcase-sized microsatellites designed to image the
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Mark your calendars for the Annual Novato Space Festival, Sunday August 4th 2019, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Meet legendary Astronauts from Apollo 15 and 16 missions to the moon, Space Shuttle Missions and the International Space Station Programs. There are two Storefronts with Actual Mission Equipment and Gear as well as a store
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Probe will go where no spacecraft has gone and measure a process never directly observed before. It’s one of the greatest and longest-running mysteries surrounding, quite literally, our sun—why is its outer atmosphere hotter than its fiery surface? University of Michigan researchers believe they have the answer, and hope to prove it with help from
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May 11th 2009, the Space Shuttle Atlantis, lifted off from Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center on Mission STS-125, the last Hubble Servicing Mission. On board were a variety of new instruments, Wide Field Camera 3, A Soft Capture Mechanism, New Gyroscopes, Batteries, a Science and Data Handling Unit and COS – Cosmic Origins
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On July 2, 2019, a total solar eclipse will be visible in the southern Pacific region, crossing land in both Chile and Argentina. The Eclipse Camera 2019 app developed by the Space Science Laboratory and Ideum will incorporate the Chilean and Argentinean public into a unique citizen-science project. The data collected by the public, during
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We were very proud to launch the Space Sciences Lab’s new and improved website. There are new sections highlighting what we make, what we do, and who we are. Our research and project pages are now organized by field of study. We have added alot of new information about our engineering capabilities, mission operations center,
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The Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) will be the newest addition to NASA’s fleet of Heliophysics satellites. Led by UC Berkeley, scientists and engineers around the world are coming together to make ICON a reality.
Parker Solar Probe
Parker Solar Probe mission will revolutionize our understanding of the sun. Parker Solar Probe will provide new data on solar activity and make critical contributions to our ability to forecast major space-weather events that impact life on Earth.
The balloon-borne Gamma-Ray Imager/Polarimeter for Solar flares (GRIPS) instrument will provide a near-optimal combination of high-resolution imaging, spectroscopy, and polarimetry of solar-flare gamma-ray/hard X-ray emissions
THEMIS answers longstanding fundamental questions concerning the nature of the substorm instabilities that abruptly and explosively release solar wind energy stored within the Earth’s magnetotail.