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25+ spaceflight missions in our 30 year history.

Below are a few of our current and past programs

  • Space Robotic Payload Development

    RSGS Lab Photo

    Ongoing development of robotics related to Zero-G environments and spacecraft to spacecraft interconnection.


    Project Partners: NRL

  • Compact Coronograph (CCOR)

    GOES-U 3D Rendering

    CCOR is a mission to transition basic research on coronal mass ejection imagery technology to operational space weather forecasting of Geomagnetic Storms.


    Project Partners: NOAA, NRL
    Projected Launch: 2022

  • ESA/NASA Solar Orbiter

    Solar Orbiter Artist Rendering

    SoloHI

    On the Solar Orbiter, the SoloHI Instrument will advance the understanding of the 3-D structure of the Sun’s corona, the origin of Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs), CME propagation through the heliosphere, and the dynamic coupling between CMEs and Earth.


    Project Partners: ESA, NASA
    Projected Launch Date: 2020

  • CIRCE

    The Coordinated Ionospheric Research Cubesat Experiment (CIRCE) is a small satellite mission due to launch in 2019 in partnership with US scientists. It aims to improve our understanding of how satellite communications are impacted by disturbances in the ionosphere during periods of heightened solar activity.


    Project Partners: NRL
    Projected Launch Date: 2019

  • TESS

    Artist rendering of TESS spacecraft

    The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is the next step in the search for planets outside of our solar system, including those that could support life. The mission will find exoplanets that periodically block part of the light from their host stars, events called transits. TESS will survey 200,000 of the brightest stars near the sun to search for transiting exoplanets. TESS launched on April 18, 2018, aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.


    Project Partners: NASA
    Launch Date: 2018

  • Parker Solar Probe

    Parker Solar Probe artist render

    WISPR

    To perform close-up, high-resolution studies of our Sun and inner heliosphere, Solar Orbiter is intended to brave the fierce heat and carry its telescopes to just one-fifth of Earth's distance from our nearest star.


    Project Partners: ESA, NASA, NRL
    Launch Date: 2018

  • NICER

    STS-129 (ISS ULF3)

    NASA’s Neutron star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) provides high-precision measurements of neutron stars, objects containing ultra-dense matter at the threshold of collapse into black holes. NICER will also test, for the first time in space, technology that uses pulsars as navigation beacons


    Project Partners: NASA
    Launch Date: 2017

  • ExPRESS logistics carrier (ELC)

    ELC frame in production, image credit: NASA Goddard/Orbital Sciences Corporation

    STS-129 (ISS ULF3)

    An ExPRESS logistics carrier (ELC) is an unpressurized attached payload platform for the International Space Station (ISS) that provides mechanical mounting surfaces, electrical power, and command and data handling services for Orbital Replacement Units (ORUs).


    Project Partners: NASA
    Launch Date: 2014

  • DMSP F-18 satellite

    SSULI output/readings image

    SSULI and SSULI GDAS

    The Special Sensor Ultraviolet Limb Imager (SSULI) is an imaging spectrometer that is used to observe the earth's ionosphere and thermosphere. These sensors provide vertical intensity profiles of airglow emissions in the extreme ultraviolet and far ultraviolet spectral range of 800 to 1700 Angstrom (80 to 170 nanometre) and scan from 75 km to 750 km tangent altitude. The data from these sensors will be used to infer altitude profiles of ion, electron and neutral density.


    Project Partners: NRL
    Launch Date: 2009

  • GLAST

    GLAST artist rendering in space

    The Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST) explores the Extreme Universe. GLAST is a powerful space observatory that will open a wide window on the universe. Gamma rays are the highest-energy form of light, and the gamma-ray sky is spectacularly different from the one we perceive with our own eyes. With a huge leap in all key capabilities, GLAST data will enable scientists to answer persistent questions across a broad range of topics, including supermassive black-hole systems, pulsars, the origin of cosmic rays, and searches for signals of new physics.


    Project Partners: NASA, US DoE
    Launch Date: 2008

  • STEREO

    SECCHI Image from STEREO spacecraft

    SECCHI

    The STEREO mission is the third in the line of Solar-Terrestrial Probes (STP) and is a strategic element of the Sun-Earth Connections Roadmap. STEREO is designed to view the three-dimensional (3D) and temporally varying heliosphere by means of an unprecedented combination of imaging and in situ experiments mounted on virtually identical spacecraft flanking the Earth in its orbit.


    Project Partners: NASA, NRL
    Launch Date: 2006

  • Hinode Mission

    EIS sample output images

    EIS Solar-B

    EIS is an advanced state-of-the-art extreme-ultraviolet spectrometer to measure the physical conditions such as temperature, density, and dynamics in solar active regions and flares. It determines the physical mechanisms responsible for generating erupting prominences, solar flares, and coronal mass ejections (CMEs).


    Project Partners: NRL
    Launch Date: 2006

  • Disaster Monitoring Constellation (UK-DMC)

    The Disaster Monitoring Constellation (DMC) is an international programme initially proposed in 1996 and led by SSTL (Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd) from the United Kingdom, to construct a network of five affordable Low Earth Orbit (LEO) microsatellites. The objective is to provide a daily global imaging capability at medium resolution (30-40 m), in 3-4 spectral bands, for rapid-response disaster monitoring and mitigation.


    Project Partners: NASA, NRL
    Launch Date: 2003

  • Interim Control Module (ICM)

    The ICM is a NASA constructed module designed to serve as a temporary "tug" for the International Space Station in case the Zvezda service module was destroyed or not launched for an extended period of time. It was derived from a formerly-classified Titan Launch Dispenser used to distribute reconnaissance satellites to different orbits.


    Project Partners: NASA, NRL

  • ARGOS

    The Advanced Research and Global Observation Satellite (ARGOS) was launched on 23 Feb 1999 carrying nine payloads for research and development missions by nine separate researchers.


    Project Partners: AFRL, NRL, US DoD STP
    Launch Date: 1999

  • Clementine

    Clementine was an experimental satellite that was launched with a goal of testing lightweight sensors and advanced components in space for long periods of time. The results were greater than expected, providing detailed images of the earth, a complete map of the moon, and a verification that there is ice on the moon. The project was known as Clementine.


    Project Partners: NASA, NRL
    Launch Date: 1994

  • LACE

    The Strategic Defense Initiative Organization (later renamed the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization, or BMDO) asked the Naval Research Laboratory's (NRL) Naval Center for Space Technology (NCST) to build a simple, spaceborne target with a single sensor to characterize a laser beam emitted from a ground-based laser site. As the program evolved LACE became a full satellite instead of a set of sensors on a host satellite, and SDIO added an instrument to take video images of the UV emission from rocket plumes.


    Project Partners: NRL
    Launch Date: 1990

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