Iani Vallis, HRSC 50m DTM and multispectral image. From: Gupta, Muller et al. (in preparation)
Iani Vallis, HRSC 50m DTM and multispectral image. From: Gupta, Muller et al. (in preparation)


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.

Lecture theatre at UCL
Lecture theatre at UCL


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.

Engineering model of the Solar Orbiter SWA-EAS at ESTEC for EMC testing
Engineering model of the Solar Orbiter SWA-EAS at ESTEC for EMC testing


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.

UV inspection for contamination on flight hardware
UV inspection for contamination on flight hardware


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.

Mullard Space Science Laboratory in the snow
Mullard Space Science Laboratory in the snow


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.

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Dr. Nadine Kalmoni, winner of a 2018 MAPS Dean's Commendation for her PhD work

MSSL student wins Dean's Commendation

Congratulations to Dr. Nadine Kalmoni for being named as one of this year's MAPS Postgraduate Prize Dean's Commendations. More...

Published: Feb 20, 2018 11:49:54 AM

Senior Electronics Engineer

Applications are invited for the post of Senior FPGA Electronics Engineer at the Department of Space and Climate Physics, University College London. The position will also include a leadership role within the electronics engineering group depending on the applicant’s background and experience. There are a number of on-going flight projects that this post will be immediately involved in, including Euclid VIS, Exomars Pancam, Plato and Smile. More...

Published: Feb 13, 2018 3:12:21 PM

Teaching Fellow/Senior Teaching Fellow in Technology Management

UCL/MSSL is seeking to employ a Teaching Fellow and Senior Teaching Fellow in our Technology Management Group. The Technology Management Group is concerned with the development, management and exploitation of technology within an enterprise context, and carries out research, teaching and consultancy in relevant areas. By applying this knowledge, it also supports projects and activities in the Department of Space and Climate Physics, other UCL departments, associated institutions and partner companies. More...

Published: Feb 13, 2018 3:08:32 PM

Research Associate for JRC-ACRI GBOV (Ground-based observations for validation) project

UCL/MSSL has a vacancy for a post-doctoral research scientist funded by the JRC through a contract managed by ACRI-ST to join Prof. Jan-Peter Muller's Imaging Group. Prof. Muller's Imaging group is engaged in developing, processing and validating climate quality global datasets (including BRDF/albedo, wind and cloud properties), primarily from EO sensors, for inter-comparison with other planets, such as Mars and in the analysis of Sun-planetary connections to planetary climate.  More...

Published: Feb 13, 2018 2:58:47 PM

Future lagrange mission (ESA/A. Baker)

UCL secures key role in ESA mission concept to monitor space weather

A new European Space Agency (ESA) mission concept to help reduce the global risk of damage caused by space weather will be worked on by teams from across the UK with UCL playing a pivotal role in developing instruments on board the spacecraft. More...

Published: Feb 2, 2018 5:10:37 PM

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