August 28, 2018

Current Projects

SSL projects tackle fundamental problems in atmospheric science, space physics, heliophysics, planetary science, and astronomy. In addition to being scientifically diverse, we are one of the few groups that can develop, design, build, test, integrate, and operate missions from concept to launch to data return.


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 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.












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DESI The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument

EAG The Experimental Astrophysics Group

EOA Enceladus Organic Analyzer







FOXSI-3 Focusing Optics X-ray Solar Imager


GRIPS Gamma-Ray Imager/Polarimeter for Solar flares (GRIPS) instrument

HESSI High Energy Solar Spectroscopic Imager Spacecraft

ICON The Ionospheric Connection Explorer

Laboratory Astrophysics

MAVEN The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutionN Mission

MAXIS MeV Auroral X-ray Imaging and Spectroscopy

RBSP-EFW Electric Field and Waves Suite (EFW)

Parker Solar Probe/FIELDS FIELDS Experiment for the Parker Solar Probe


THEMIS Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions during Substorms