UCL's Department of Space and Climate Physics, (Mullard Space Science Laboratory - MSSL), is a world-leading research organisation and is the UK's largest university-based space research group.
MSSL delivers a broad, cutting-edge science programme, underpinned by a strong capability in space science instrumentation, space-domain engineering, space medicine, systems engineering and project management.
Our scientific research ranges from cosmology and the study of extra-galactic objects, to studies of the Sun, the planets and their moons, the Earth, and humans working and living in space. We also research and develop the next generation of space instrumentation. Our research is supported through UK research councils, the UK Space Agency, European and other grants and contracts.
As a department of UCL, members of staff are actively involved in teaching both undergraduates and post-graduates. Our post-graduate education programme consists of taught courses, leading to an M.Sc., and research degrees, leading to an M.Phil or Ph.D.
Students studying at MSSL become active members of their research groups and wider research communities. Research projects in our taught courses give students the opportunity to be involved in the development of new space hardware and future missions.
The research undertaken at MSSL drives an active outreach programme. Scientists and engineers are happy to talk about their work and run activities for groups of all ages and interests.
MSSL has a long heritage of providing high-quality space instrumentation for international space research missions. In our >40 year history we have been involved in more than 35 scientific space missions and over 200 rocket launches.
MSSL develops and tests hardware and software, usually as part of an international consortium. Our engineers work along side scientists to ensure that the instruments we produce optimally address key questions in modern space science. Post-launch support that is linked to pre-flight and flight calibrations enables scientists to understand the responses of the instrument, greatly benefitting the analysis of the data.
Engineers and project support staff make up around half the staff and students at MSSL.
As a builder of scientific instruments, MSSL has developed expertise and facilities for manufacturing and testing of space hardware. We make these facilities and expertise available for industrial contracts.
Through UCL Centre for Systems Engineering (UCLse), we offer a range of industrial training courses in areas including systems engineering, project management, risk management and system design, and conduct consultancy projects for industry in systems engineering and technology management.
WELCOME TO MSSL
UCL was one of the first universities in the world to become involved in making scientific observations in space. Since MSSL was established in 1966, we have participated in more than 35 satellite missions and over 200 rocket experiments.
Our groups of research scientists and development engineers work together to ensure that the instruments we produce are as relevant and competitive as possible. The subsequent data analysis and scientific interpretation of data benefits from the fundamental understanding of the instruments gained from their development and testing.
MSSL and its location have a rich heritage that can be explored further on this site.
Students from MSSL have created an experiment team and built a sounding rocket payload which flew to around 81.6 km altitude at 5.00am BST on Tuesday morning from Esrange in northern Sweden. More...
Published: May 7, 2013 9:16:54 AM
Europe's Herschel Space Observatory has exhausted its supply of liquid helium coolant, after almost four years of scientific observations. Using Herschel data, astronomers have already made ground-breaking discoveries about the formation and evolution of stars, galaxies and planets. But this has only scratched the surface, and there is far more still to come from the immense archive. Scientists at UCL’s Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL) and Department of Physics & Astronomy have been at the forefront of this exciting mission, both by leading a number of the key scientific investigations carried out by the observatory, and for their prominent role in the design of the SPIRE instrument, one of the three instruments carried on board Herschel. The SPIRE (Spectral and Photometric Imaging Receiver) instrument, which, made images of the sky simultaneously in three submillimetre ‘colours’ and measured the spectral features of atoms and molecules, was built by an international consortium headed by the UK. More...
Published: Apr 29, 2013 5:17:18 PM
Laser based technologies developed to assist the landing of Mars Rovers could soon be used to help reduce CO2 and waste in Tata Steel making plants. More...
Published: Apr 29, 2013 5:00:00 PM
Dr. Igancio Ferreras is convening Special Session 12: A fresh look at the stellar IMF at the EWASS in Turku, Finland. More...
Starts: Jul 12, 2013 12:00:00 AM
Staff from MSSL are organising the following sessions at this year's European Planetary Science Congress, being held at UCL from 8th-13th September: More...
Starts: Sep 8, 2013 12:00:00 AM
Staff from MSSL are organising the following sessions at this year's National Astronomy Meeting or the Royal Astronomical Society: More...
Starts: Jul 1, 2013 12:00:00 AM
UCL/MSSL is hosting the 3rd Probe the Sun Inside and Out workshop sponsored by the Leverhulme Trust from 20-23 May 2013. This project is aimed at using this wealth of data to allow us to connect up the unusual behaviour in the interior to that of the solar atmosphere and in so doing provide a firm foundation for advances in the understanding of the cyclic behaviour of the Sun. More...
Starts: May 20, 2010 1:00:00 PM
UCL's Mullard Space Science Laboratory will be hosting the STFC funded advancedsummer school in solar and solar-terrestrial physics from 2-6 September 2013. The school will be held at MSSL and will consist of a programme of specialised lectures aimed at PhD students entering their second and third years, as well as beginning PDRAs. More...
Starts: Sep 2, 2013 9:00:00 AM
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