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.
A trove of rare moon rocks, preserved untouched for nearly half a century, will be unsealed by Bay Area scientists this summer and used for experiments that NASA hopes will solve lingering mysteries about the lunar surface and pave the way for future habitation of Earth’s natural satellite. Nine research teams, including two at NASA
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The Parker Solar Probe team has been named the winner of the 2018 Neil Armstrong Space Flight Achievement Award, given by the American Astronautical Society at its 57th Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium in Silver Spring, Maryland. Launched on August 12, 2018, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe mission is the culmination of a 60-year quest to
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The MAVEN spacecraft aerobraking campaign continues to follow a schedule that will meet the goal of reaching an apoapsis altitude of 4,500 km by the end of April. New MAVEN research shows that high solar wind pressure influences Mars’ magnetic fields in ways that can increase the global loss of atmosphere to space. Planetary atmospheres are
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The Van Allen Probes spend most of their orbit within Earth’s radiation belts: doughnut-shaped bands of energized particles — protons and electrons — trapped in Earth’s magnetic field. These fast-moving particles create radiation that can interfere with satellite electronics and could even pose a threat to astronauts who pass through them on interplanetary journeys. The
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We’re all about space! Join us for Cal Day, Saturday, April 13th, from 11am-5pm, the one day each year that the Space Sciences Lab at UC Berkeley opens its doors to the public. Shuttles will be transporting the public every 20 minutes or so from Hearst Mining Circle on campus to Space Sciences Lab (the
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In a powerful example of combining multi-mission satellite data with computer simulations, scientists have used ESA’s Cluster mission to reveal details about how electrons interact with waves in Earth’s magnetic environment. This research helps explain the behaviour of particles during geomagnetic storms and has significant implications for our understanding of space weather, which is in
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Research suggests that the solar wind and the Moon’s crustal magnetic fields work together to give the Moon a distinctive pattern of darker and lighter swirls — patterns that are so prominent they can be seen from Earth. Here’s how it happens: Magnetized rocks near the lunar surface create small, localized spots of magnetic
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The Lin Fellowship announces research opportunities at UC Berkeley’s Space Science Laboratory as a Lin Fellow. The Lin Fellowship supports outstanding UC Berkeley graduate students who plan to pursue research related to space sciences, including, but not limited to, students with training in Physics, Astronomy, or Engineering. Lin Fellows will be funded to work with
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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
Stardust at Home
The primary goal of the Stardust mission was to collect samples of a comet and return them to Earth for laboratory analysis.