Innovative Technology Programmes

MSSL undertakes a number of innovative technology programmes. Each programme typically involves a collaboration between instrument science and engineering groups and usually involves a number of related projects.


Adiabatic Demagnetization Refrigerators are coolers able to provide temperatures <0.1K and are needed for the highest performance x-ray and infra-red detectors.


Cubesats are 10 x 10 x 10 cm nano-satellites built to international standards. Our programme includes the development of MEMS-based plasma analysers appropriate for such tiny spacecraft.


Penetrators are highly robust instrumented probes designed to be deployed at very high velocity onto the surface of a planet or moon. The included instrumentation has to withstand enormoursly high impact forces.

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