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LEADING RESEARCH

The UCL Department of Space and Climate Physics, also known as the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, is a world-leading research facility. We are the largest university-based space research department in the UK.

MSSL delivers a cutting-edge science programme, underpinned by a capability in space science instrumentation, systems engineering and project management. 

Our scientific research ranges from cosmology and the study of extra-galactic objects, to studies of our local Sun, the planets and the Earth. We also research and develop the next generation of space instrumentation and hardware. Our research is supported through European grants and by the UK research councils.

Space researchers make up approximately half of the staff and students at MSSL

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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.

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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 over 35 scientific space missions and over 200 rocket launches.

MSSL develops hardware and software for international space projects. Our technology development engineers work along side scientists to ensure that the instruments we produce are as relevant as possible. Post-launch support enables our scientists to understand the responses of the instrument, greatly benefitting our data analysis.

Engineers and project support staff make up around half the staff and students at MSSL.

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WORKING WITH 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, 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.

UCL Dept. Space & Climate Physics - Mullard Space Science Laboratory
UCL Dept. Space & Climate Physics - Mullard Space Science Laboratory

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 over 35 satellite missions and over 200 rocket experiments. We have the unique capability of designing, building and testing instruments and other spacecraft systems on site. 

Our groups of research scientists and development engineers work together to ensure that the instruments we produce are as relevant as possible. The subsequent data analysis benefits from a fundamental understanding of the instruments.

MSSL, and the site on which we are based, has a rich history and can be explored on this site. Details of how to find us, up coming opportunities and our outreach programme can also be found.

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MSSL News

Space weather research to space weather forecasting

MSSL research has long focussed on the science behind space weather - a research area that helps us understand how emissions from the Sun impact the technology that modern society relies on. The department also has an engineering programme to supply the instrumentation needed for this research. To disseminate knowledge about the physical drivers of space weather, the department offers training courses. Recently, space weather forecasters at the Met Office Space Weather Operations Centre have been recipients of a specially designed programme. This course has been highlighted by UCL Consultants as a case study of UCL working with industry. More...

Published: Aug 31, 2018 9:45:14 AM

PhD student Lloyd Woodham receiving his Outstanding Poster Contribution award at the SHINE meeting in Florida

MSSL Space Plasma student wins poster award at SHINE meeting

Lloyd Woodham from the Space Plasma Physics Group was one of five award winners at the Solar, Heliospheric & Interplanetary Environment (SHINE) Conference for his outstanding poster contribution. The SHINE meeting, held in Cocoa Beach, Florida, focussed on the upcoming science goals and questions that may be answered from the Parker Solar Probe mission launched just a few days ago. More...

Published: Aug 14, 2018 4:29:01 PM

Eleni, Alex and George with the UCL ExoMars PanCam test model at the Farnborough International Airshow

MSSL with UKSA at Farnborough Airshow

Students, post-docs and engineers from MSSL took part in the UK Space Agency (UKSA) public event at the Farnborough International Airshow this weekend. The UKSA stand aimed to engage members of the public in the wide-range of space activities taking part in the UK and to show the multitude of pathways into the space industry.  More...

Published: Jul 23, 2018 10:03:03 AM

Research Associate in Space Plasma Physics

We seek to appoint a scientifically productive research associate to undertake research in the general area of magnetospheric physics but with emphasis on the magnetospheric substorm, auroral physics or radiation belts. This project is expected to utilise state-of-the-art data from the NASA THEMIS, Van Allen Probes and MMS missions, and ESA Cluster auroral acceleration region campaigns. More...

Published: Jul 17, 2018 10:15:38 AM

Prof. Andrew Fazakerley presents Prof. Michael Arthur with a picture taken by the PanCam engineering model

Provost's visit to MSSL

UCL President & Provost Professor Michael Arthur visited MSSL today (6 July 2018), with Dean of Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MAPS) Professor Ivan Parkin and Faculty Manager Donna Williamson. More...

Published: Jul 6, 2018 4:56:52 PM

institute of Physics Project Juno Support
institute of Physics Project Juno Support
institute of Physics Project Juno Support

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