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.
Where does Earth’s atmosphere end and space begin? This and other questions soon will be answered by our Ionospheric Connection Explorer, or ICON, spacecraft that will launch Oct. 11. Learn more about this NASA Sun Science mission: NASA and Northrop Grumman currently are preparing the agency’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer, or ICON, spacecraft and the Pegasus
-> Continue reading ICON Launch Targeted for Oct. 10-11::Update 9-11-19
Ever wondered how you get ready to send a spacecraft to the Sun? Get a behind-the-scenes look at the moments leading up to launch of Parker Solar Probe. Read more about this historic mission to touch the Sun at nasa.gov/parker. Today NASA Sun & JHU Applied Physics Laboratory (APL)#ParkerSolarProbe is zipping through her third closest
-> Continue reading A Year Ago Parker Solar Probe Launched – What did it take to get to T-Zero
Today, Sept. 1, the spacecraft reaches the point in its orbit closest to the Sun, called perihelion. This is the third perihelion for Parker Solar Probe, and we’re extending science observations this time around! After Parker Solar Probe’s successful first year in space, the mission team has decided to extend science observations as the spacecraft
-> Continue reading It’s SUNday for for Parker Solar Probe! Perihelion #3
The twin Van Allen Probes launched to space seven years ago today. After years of studying Earth’s radiation belts, the mission is in its final phase, and one of the two spacecraft has ceased operations. Explore Van Allen Probes science Read the Mission History This may be our last post about the Van Allen Probes
-> Continue reading OTD – Aug 30, 2012 RBSP/Van Allen Probes Launched
Every day for over two decades, the U.S. has had a presence at Mars, using spacecraft to understand this extreme world and its potential as a past or present habitat for life. During that time, all spacecraft have become virtually incommunicado for about two weeks every two years. The reason is solar conjunction. Solar conjunction
-> Continue reading Mars in our Night Sky and a Solar Conjunction
After Parker Solar Probe’s successful first year in space, the mission team has decided to extend science observations as the spacecraft approaches its third solar encounter. Parker Solar Probe turned on its four instrument suites on Aug. 16, 2019 — earlier than during its previous two solar encounters, extending the observation period from 11 days
-> Continue reading Parker Solar Probe Gets Extra Observation Time
Happy first birthday, Parker Solar Probe! 🎂☀️🛰 Since it launched one year ago, the spacecraft has broken multiple world records and sent back a host of groundbreaking scientific data about the Sun. Reflect on the mission so far with the mission’s namesake, Dr. Eugene Parker: https://go.nasa.gov/2YCWXoy This video was captured by Parker Solar Probe’s WISPR
-> Continue reading OTD – Parker Solar Probe Launches, Now One Year, 2 Trips Around Sun and Approaching Third Encounter
We’re rapidly approaching the one-year anniversary of the launch of NASA’s much-hyped mission to “Touch the Sun” with its Parker Solar Probe. The spacecraft is breaking records left and right, but NASA didn’t fire the probe at our nearest star just to impress us. The success of the mission will ultimately depend on the data
-> Continue reading NASA just received a major data dump from its mission to ‘Touch the Sun’
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.