Space Sciences Laboratory
at the University of California, Berkeley

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.

Select Projects

ICON

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.

GRIPS

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

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.