A solar flare occurring near the edge of a sunspot. From: Li et al., Astron. & Astrophys., 2009
A solar flare occurring near the edge of a sunspot. From: Li et al., Astron. & Astrophys., 2009

LEADING RESEARCH

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

SHARING KNOWLEDGE

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.

Artist's impression of the Euclid spacecraft. Image: ESAe
Artist's impression of the Euclid spacecraft. Image: ESAe

DELIVERING TECHNOLOGY

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.

The MSSL ISO Class 8 clean room
The MSSL ISO Class 8 clean room

SUPPORTING INDUSTRY

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

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.

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Part-time Senior Administrator for Postgraduate Teaching & Learning

Applications are invited for the post of Part-Time Senior Administrator for Postgraduate Teaching and Learning. More...

Published: Feb 8, 2016 4:59:19 PM

Electronic Engineer - Euclid-VIS System

Applications are invited for the post of Euclid System Electrical Engineer for the Visible Instrument on the ESA Euclid dark-energy mission. This is an exciting opportunity to be at the heart of one of the most interesting and important scientific missions under development. The successful candidate will be responsible for oversight of the electrical development of the instrument, in the UK, France, Switzerland and Italy. The role will also include the planning, oversight and in some cases execution of the testing and verification across the consortium institutes. The System Electrical Engineer will also coordinate the design, development and verification of the MSSL developed electronics. More...

Published: Feb 5, 2016 3:56:22 PM

Space Project Mechanical Engineer

Applications are invited for the post of Mechanical Engineer for the Visible Instrument on the ESA Euclid dark-energy mission and the ExoMars PanCam instrument. This is an exciting opportunity to be at the heart of some of the most interesting and important scientific missions under development. The successful candidate will support the mechanical and thermal development and test of the instruments, and interact with collaborators at institutes across Europe. The role will also include the performing analyses, the design of ground support equipment and the generation of specifications and reports. More...

Published: Feb 5, 2016 3:52:39 PM

Prof. Martin Rees FRS

UCL Colloquium 11 May 2016 - Prof Martin Rees, FRS

Prof Martin Rees, Lord Rees of Ludlow, OM, FRS, FREng, FMedSci is to give a talk entitled 'Real and Counterfactual Universes' More...

Published: Feb 4, 2016 9:17:09 PM

Deputy Head of Flight Test Facilities & Contamination Control Engineering

Applications are invited for a position in the Flight Test Facilities Group at the Mullard Space science Laboratory, University college London. The group is currently involved in testing hardware for a number of ESA space missions, including Exomars, Solar Orbiter, Euclid and Plato. The successful applicant will provide support to these space flight hardware test campaigns, as well as being responsible for the maintenance and day{o-day running of MSSL's flight test facilities and cleanrooms. The successful applicant should hold a degree in engineering or equivalent and have experience of working with space flight hardware. The post is for 2 years in the first instance, continuation subject to grant funding. The salary is on UCL Salary Grade 7, ranging from £30,738 to £37,768 per annum depending on experience. More...

Published: Jan 27, 2016 9:35:53 AM

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