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.
MAVEN is shrinking its orbit to prepare for the arrival of the Mars 2020 rover The #MAVEN operations team at Lockheed Martin is today beginning a campaign to shrink the orbit of the spacecraft to prepare for the arrival of NASA’s #Mars 2020 rover. Over the next few months, the aerobraking campaign will reduce the
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Far beyond our sun, astronomers have discovered comets bombarding a young solar-type star—and possibly its inner planets A rain of comets is pouring down on a faraway young star, giving astronomers a new view of a process that shaped our own solar system billions of years ago. When Earth was a young planet, cometary debris
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We are proud to launch Space Sciences Lab’s new and improved website, with new sections highlighting what we make, what we do, and who we are. Our research and project pages are now organized by field of study, and we have added lots of new information on engineering, mission operations, and fabrication here at the
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NASA’s Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk,or GOLD, instrument powered on and opened its cover to scan the Earth for the first time, resulting in a “first light” image of the Western Hemisphere in the ultraviolet. GOLD will provide unprecedented global-scale imaging of the temperature and composition at the dynamic boundary between Earth’s atmosphere
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The Parker Solar Probe, or PSP, was launched into space Aug. 12. Two of its four instruments, FIELDS and SWEAP, were built by campus researchers. The PSP will come closer than any other spacecraft has ever been to the sun by entering the sun’s corona, the outer layer of the sun’s atmosphere. According to Stuart Bale,
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#OTD, This cool pic from the archives shows NASA’s original ICESat satellite being launched on this date in 2003 aboard our Delta II rocket. The final Delta II launched ICESat-2 last September to continue mapping the changes in Earth’s environment. Aerial photo by United States Air Force. CHIPSwill study the gas and dust in space,
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A brief and unusual flash spotted in the night sky on June 16, 2018, puzzled astronomers and astrophysicists across the globe. The event – called AT2018cow and nicknamed “the Cow” after the coincidental final letters in its official name – is unlike any celestial outburst ever seen before, prompting multiple theories about its source. Over
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Tuesday, September 4, 2018 Congratulations to Professor Emeritus Forrest Mozer who has been honored by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) as one of the 2018 class of medalists. Mozer has been awarded the John Adam Fleming Medal in recognition of his outstanding achievements, contributions, and service to the Earth and space science community. The recipients of the AGU
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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.