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.
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’
Video highlights from the 2019 Novato Space Festival at the Space Station Museum in Novato, CA. Apollo astronaut Al Worden, Apollo Mission Controller Joey Lazzaro, Space Shuttle astronauts Greg Johnson, Steve Smith and Dan Bursch, Astronaut Yvonne Cagle, space tools designer Ed Rezac. Plus lots of space exhibitioners, and Snoopy! The 2019 Novato Space Festival
-> Continue reading Novato Space Festival 2019 Recap
As NASA’s Parker Solar Probe approaches its third encounter with the Sun, mission scientists are hard at work poring over data from the spacecraft’s first two flybys of our star — and thanks to excellent performance by the spacecraft and the mission operations team, they’re about to get something extra. On May 6, 2019, just
-> Continue reading Parker Solar Probe Completes Download of Science Data from First Two Solar Encounters
REMINDER REMINDER REMINDER REMINDER Sunday August 4th – The Novato Space Festival Free Admission and Free Parking Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Landing on the Moon, Astronauts – Exhibits – Gift Shop – Static Displays – Exhibitors including UC Berkeley Space Sciences Lab
On July 19, 2019, at 1:27 p.m. EDT, mission operators sent a shutdown command to one of two Van Allen Probes spacecraft, known as spacecraft B, from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, or APL, in Laurel, Maryland. As expected, following final de-orbit maneuvers in February of this year, the spacecraft has used its
-> Continue reading First of Two Van Allen Probes Spacecraft Ceases Operations
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
-> Continue reading Scientists scramble to build payload for 2021 moon landing
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
-> Continue reading Four Berkeley satellites could be exploring Mars and Earth by 2022
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.