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Projects

MSSL's instrument physicists have a significant role in the photon detector systems for a wide variety of missions, preparing for launch and in-flight. Equally importantly, we contribute to studies and analysis of future and potential future missions. This follows from a long history of previous successful missions which have established MSSL's track record.

Mission Expected launch date MSSL's instrument science group role   
Gaia 2013 Investigations into the use of L3CCDs for the GAIA-RVS instrument. Gaia logo

image courtesy ESA

JWST 2018 MSSL provided for NIRSpec: the CAA (onboard calibration assembly), the CLS (ground calibration source), SHD (ground optical alignment system). JWST logo

image courtesy of NASA

Mission Launch date MSSL's instrument science group role   
Solar-B (Hinode)  (EIS) 22nd September 2006 Procurement, characterisation and selection of the CCDs for the EIS camera. MSSL is the main lead for the EIS instrument and has developed the camera system. MSSL EIS page Solar B logo
Solar-B (Hinode)(SOT-FPP) 22nd September 2006 Procurement (on behalf of Lockheed Martin - LMSAL) and characterisation of the CCDs for the FPP part of the SOT instrument. MSSL SOT-FPP page Solar B fpp logo
MOSES 8th February 2006 Procurement (on behalf of Montana State University ) and characterisation of the CCD imaging detectors. MSSL has provided the camera system.  
GOES-N (SXI) 24th May 2006 Procurement (on behalf of Lockheed Martin - LMSAL) and characterisation of the CCDs for the SXI instruments. MSSL SXI page Goes logo

Image courtesy of NASA

GOES-O (SXI) 27th June 2009 Procurement (on behalf of Lockheed Martin - LMSAL) and characterisation of the CCDs for the SXI instruments. MSSL SXI page Goes-O

Image courtesy of NASA

Swift (UVOT)  20th November 2004 Development of the SWIFT UVOT detector system. The UVOT was designed, built, and is currently supported in orbit by a team at MSSL. MSSL UVOT page Swift thumb
INTEGRAL (OMC)  17th October 2002  The detectors and read-out electronics. MSSL Integral OMC page Integral Esa logo

Image courtesy of ESA

XMM-Newton (OM) 10th December 1999  Development of the OM detector system and read-out electronics. The OM was designed, built, and is currently supported in orbit by a team at MSSL. MSSL OM page OM logo
XMM-Newton (RGS)  10th December 1999 Development of software for XMM-RGS, which involved investigations into the CCD camera system. MSSL RGS page RGS logo
SOHO (CDS)  2nd December 1995 MSSL built the UV detectors for the GIS part of CDS, as well as on-board electronics. MSSL page gis image
Mission Expected date MSSL's instrument science group role   
 Plato      
PPARC PIPSS CCD project Research concluded and report submitted August 2003 MSSL was awarded a PPARC PIPSS grant with e2v technologies as the industrial partner. The aim of MSSL's research was to investigate various methods of determining the spatial resolution, and use the chosen method to measure the resolution of several CCDs.  
European Solar Telescope (EST)   To study large format high-speed imaging detectors.  
Mission Launch date MSSL's instrument science group role   
Eddington Cancelled Eddington demo FPA  
Mars Express (Beagle 2 Lander) Mars Express successfully launched 2 June 2003. Beagle 2 Lander failed to reach Mars MSSL led the Beagle 2 Stereo Camera System (SCS) and was responsible for the manufacture and integration of the filters and associated structure. Beagle Logo

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