MSSL is a world-leading space science laboratory. Based in the Surrey Hills near Dorking, MSSL has been developing cutting-edge space research and space technology for over 50 years. Our research covers all aspects of space research, from understanding the Sun and its interaction with the planets, to understanding galaxies and the matter that makes up the universe. We build and operate cutting edge space hardware for multinational space missions. We also offer state-of-the-art test facilities for ground and space-based technology.
MSSL was one of the first dedicated university space science departments. It has a heritage of making scientific observations for space that goes back to the start of the UK space programme. It is now a world-leader in space research and engineering.
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.