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At MSSL Cosmology we are involved in several of the worlds largest astronomical facilities both on the ground and in space.

Euclid

Euclid is an ESA mission who’s primary science objectives are to determine the nature of dark energy.
Euclid is an ESA mission who’s primary science objectives are to determine the nature of dark energy. More information on this experiment can be found here:

At MSSL Cosmology we have lead roles in the Euclid Weak Lensing Science Working (Tom Kitching) and participate the the development of the Science Ground Segment. MSSL also leads the hardware development of the optical wavelength (visible light) focal plane; the Euclid VIS instrument.

Planck

Planck is an ESA satellite mission to measure the cosmic microwave background (CMB)
Planck is an ESA satellite mission to measure the cosmic microwave background (CMB), the relic radiation of the Big Bang.  The first cosmological results from Planck observations were made public in March 2013.  More information on this experiment can be found here:

At MSSL Cosmology we have leading roles in various Planck working groups (Jason McEwen) that are performing the cosmological analysis of Planck data.

KiDS

European Southern Observatories Kilo Degree Survey (KiDS)
We are involved in the weak lensing science analysis of the European Southern Observatories Kilo Degree Survey (KiDS). More information can be found here:

KiDS is a 1500 square degree optical imaging survey on the ESO Very Large Telescope (VLT) Survey Telescope (VST). We are part of the KiDS science team and are involved in assisting with the weak lensing data processing.

SKA 

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA)
The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is a next-generation radio interferometric telescope planned for construction in South Africa and Australia.  It will have a sensitivity 50x that of current radio telescopes.  More information on this experiment can be found here:

At MSSL Cosmology we are involved in the SKA Science Data Processing preconstruction work package.

LSST

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The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) is a wide-field survey that will image the available sky every few nights.  It will provide petabyte scale data-sets.  More information on this experiment can be found here:

At MSSL Cosmology we are heavily involved in potential UK contribution to LSST, particularly in the Informatics and Statistics Science, and Dark Energy Collaborations.