NASA will launch a Mars mission on Blue Origin’s first New Glenn rocket

escapade space craft logo

NASA is aware of the risk of launching a real science mission on the first flight of a new rocket. But this mission, known by the acronym ESCAPADE, is relatively low cost. The Escape and Plasma Acceleration and Dynamics Explorers mission has a budget of approximately $79 million, significantly less than any mission NASA has sent to Mars in recent history.

SSL will have a booth at AGU

For the first time, SSL will have its own booth at the Fall American Geophysical Union (AGU) Meeting, from Monday, December 11, through Thursday, December 14, at the Moscone Center. AGU is expected to have more than 25,000 attendees from over one hundred countries and the theme is Wide Open Science. SSL scientists will be […]

Business Wire: Rocket Lab Integrating Twin Spacecraft for Mission to Mars for NASA

LONG BEACH, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Rocket Lab USA, Inc. (Nasdaq: RKLB) (“Rocket Lab” or “the Company”), a global leader in launch services and space systems, today announced that the two spacecraft the Company is building for NASA’s Escape and Plasma Acceleration and Dynamics Explorers (ESCAPADE) mission have entered the system integration phase in preparation for a planned […]

Precision instruments aid KPF exoplanet search

SSL’s Kodi Rider is featured in an April 26 article by R&D World in his role as project manager of the Keck Planet Finder. KPF is a precision optical spectrometer located at Keck Observatory in Hawaii that searches for Earth-like planets of a particular size and mass—astronomers have confirmed more than 5,000 such planets orbiting […]

21-cm Cosmology Workshop Sponsored by SSL to be Held on Oct-17-20, 2022


SSL is sponsoring and organizing the 5th edition of the Global 21-cm Cosmology Workshop, which will be held on Oct 17-20, 2022 at the Lawrence Hall of Science. The organizing committee is led by senior fellow Raul Monsalve, and includes Stuart Bale, Ilia Roussev, Lissvett Garcia Fields, and Jensine Irasusta, as well as members of […]

MAVEN Fact Sheet

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission, launched in November 2013, will be the first mission devoted to understanding the Martian upper atmosphere.

EOA Fact Sheet


The Enceladus Organic Analyzer (EOA) is a novel microchip-based technology enabling analysis of organic molecules in extraterrestrial environments such as that of Saturn’s moon Enceladus.


ESCAPADE is a twin-spacecraft Class D mission dedicated to studying the transfer of solar wind energy and momentum through Mars’ unique hybrid magnetosphere