SECCHI - Solar Physics Branch - Naval Research Laboratory


Naval Research Laboratory
Solar Physics Branch
The Solar Physics Branch is part of the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Space Science Divison. Researchers in the Solar Physics Branch have been involved in observational and theoretical studies of the solar atmosphere since the early years of the space age. Experiments developed at NRL have flown on NASA missions such as Skylab/ATM, the OSO satellite series, the Space Shuttle STS-3, Spacelab-2, and ATLAS missions.

  • Home institution for Principal Investigator and Program Manager
  • Home institution for COR2
  • Lead for mission assurance; systems engineering; safety, reliability, and quality assurance; contamination control; and configuration management
  • Acquisition and oversight for COR1, COR2, HI, and EUVI detector charge coupled devices (CCDs) and cameras
  • Lead for instrument suite flight software; integration and test; comprehensive performance and environmental test; calibration; delivery; and commissioning
  • Supports Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory's
    payload-to-spacecraft integration, spacecraft-to-launch vehicle integration, and mission operations ground system development
  • Lead for mission operations and data analysis,and ground data systems development
  • Leads Education/Public Outreach (E/PO) program


Interferometrics Inc.

  • Flight and Ground Software Support
  • Instrument Operations
  • Data Reduction
  • Data Archive
  • Data Analysis


Max-Planck Institut für Aeronomie (MPAe)
The Max Planck Institute for Aeronomy is dedicated to the investigation of the solar system, in particular the environments of the Earth, planets, and comets, as well as the sun, its heliosphere, and their interaction with the interstellar medium.

  • Support for SCIP door mechanisms
  • Supports mission operations and data analysis


University of Kiel

  • Fabrication of SCIP door mechanisms


Central Laboratory of the Research Councils (CLRC)
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL)

RAL is part of the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils (CLRC), Europe's largest multidisciplinary research support organizations. CLRC supports research projects in a wide range of disciplines and actively participates in collaborative research, development, and technology transfer projects. RAL has over 1700 staff and a turnover of about £100m.

  • Designs camera and specifies CCDs
  • Supports mission operations and data analysis


University College London (UCL)
Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL)

MSSL is the major element of the Department of Space and Climate Physics, University College London. The Department undertakes research in Climate Physics, High Energy Astrophysics, Solar Physics, Space Plasma Physics, and Photon and Particle Detection Systems. MSSL is the UK's largest university space physics institute and has designed and built instruments for more than 30 orbiting spacecraft and 200 sounding rockets.

  • Build cameras for all telescopes except HI
  • Supports mission operations and data analysis
  • Acquires CCDs


Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
GSFC's overall mission falls into three areas of responsibility: Space Science (theoretical and experimental research in the study of space phenomena), Technology (advanced technology to meet current and future science needs), and Earth Science (studies leading to a better understanding of processes affecting global change and the distribution of natural resources).

  • Home institution for COR1
  • Supports mission operations and data analysis
  • Supports E/PO program


University of Birmingham Astrophysics and Space Research Group (ASRG)
ASRG research covers a wide range of galactic and extragalactic studies involving observations at X-ray to radio wavelengths, sophisticated data analysis techniques, and numerical modeling. ASRG also builds instrumentation for space missions and conducts design studies for future satellites.

  • Home institution for HI
  • Lead for UK CCD/detectors and camera development and acquisition
  • Supports mission operations and data analysis


Centre de Spatial Liege (CSL)
CSL is a research center of the University of Liège. In addition to academic activities, CSL is one of the four European Coordinated Test Facilities for the European Space Agency (ESA) . CSL conducts basic and applied research in non linear optics; photometry, radiometry, and spectroscopy (visible and UV); interferometry and advanced optical metrology; image processing; cryogenics; thermography; and ion bean polishing.

  • HI optical design expertise and facilities for stray light and environmental qualification tests
  • Supports mission operations and data analysis


Lockheed Martin Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory (LMSAL)
Part of the Advanced Technology Center, LMSAL carries out research and develops technologies in the fields of solar physics and space astronomy. LMSAL builds and flies rocket and satellite payloads, develops experimental scientific instrumentation, devises methods for processing and analyzing digital images of the Sun, analyzes and interprets astronomical data, and creates theoretical models of astrophysical phenomena.

  • Project and instrument management for EUVI and electronics
  • Supports mission operations and data analysis during Phase E
  • Supports E/PO program with Stanford University
  • Lead for SECCHI electronics
  • Flight software for EUVI
  • Provides select shutters, mechanisms, and motors
  • Home institution for EUVI
  • Supports mission operations and data analysis


Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale (IAS)
L'Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale (IAS) is a partnership between the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and l'Université Paris 11. The IAS is a selected laboratory of the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) . IAS conducts basic and applied research in astrophysics, space instruments, observational analysis, theoretical modeling, and optical calibration.

  • EUVI mirror, coatings, and calibration
  • Supports mission operations and data analysis


Institut d’Optique
The Institut d’Optique was created by public law in August 10, 1920 with a 3 part charter: (1) Designing and developing improved optical instruments; (2) Teaching both optical engineering and the skilled trades required to build and calibrate advanced optical instruments; and (3) Publishing current knowledge of advanced optics and optical research in Éditions de la Revue d'Optique (Editions of the Review of Optics).

  • EUVI optics coatings and characterization

Instiut d' Optique

Space Test Program
The Space Test Program (STP) has a wide variety of platforms to host space research and development experiments including Small Class Spacecraft, Medium Class Spacecraft, the Space Shuttle, and Piggyback on other spacecraft. STP provides spaceflight for qualified DOD sponsored experiments at no charge to the experimenter, via the DOD-Space Experiments Review Board. STP also provides services to other experimenters on a reimbursable basis.

  • Financial support for STEREO spacecraft acquisition, SECCHI payload integration with the spacecraft, launch vehicle integration, launch, and one year of operations.

Space program

Swales Aerospace
Swales Aerospace is an aerospace engineering firm with expertise in mechanical, thermal, optical, electrical systems, guidance and controls, mission operations, graphics and computer support, and the design, development, and production of spacecraft, instruments, and mechanisms.

  • Mission assurance
  • Contamination control
  • COR1 and COR2 optical, mechanical, and thermal design
  • Focal plane assembly mechanical and thermal design

HYTEC Incorporated
HYTEC is an engineering firm specializing in the design of terrestrial and space-based scientific instruments.

  • Systems engineering, design, analysis, fabrication, and environmental testing of the SCIP structure


Silver Engineering, Inc. (SEI)
SEI is a high-technology equipment company engaged in electrical, mechanical, and software engineering for space systems and satellite ground support equipment. SEI provides products and services for commercial and government markets, specializing in spacecraft communications, flight components, and integration & test equipment.

  • MIL-STD-1553 board design and fabrication
  • SpaceWire board design and fabrication

Praxis, Inc.
Praxis is an engineering and management services company that provides advanced technology skills, expertise, and technical services to the space, defense, and information systems markets in the areas of space systems, instrumentation, defense and intelligence, and information technology.

  • Program management, systems engineering, cost modeling, program planning, web and multimedia design, document management


The Hammers Company
The Hammers Company, Inc. provides software engineering services and products for the aerospace industry. These services include: design and development of real-time satellite attitude control, command & data handling, and instrument control software; simulation tools that assist analysts and developers during the entire software and spacecraft life cycle; and software for controlling spacecraft and spacecraft components during development, test, and on-orbit operations.

  • Command and data handling software
  • Integrated Test and Operations System (ITOS) software for control of spacecraft and spacecraft components during development, test, and on-orbit operations


Boston College Institue for Scientific Research
The Institute for Scientific Research at Boston College develops sophisticated techniques for analyzing raw scientific and engineering data and presenting it in meaningful and useful ways. Using state-of-the-art analyticaltools and technology, the Institute is a forerunner in scientific data analysis and interpretation using statistical data analysis, digital signal processing and image processing; mathematical signal modeling; animated visualization of real and simulated data; the manipulation and interpretation of scientific images; and the design of specialized databases, data management techniques and interactive scientific software.

  • Coordinates space weather modeling group
  • 3D modeling and visualization

Boston College

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory is a research institute of the Smithsonian Institution headquartered in Cambridge, MA, where it is joined with the Harvard College Observatory to form the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA). More than 300 scientists at the CfA are engaged in a broad program of research in astronomy, astrophysics, earth and space sciences, and science education.

  • EUVI consultant


Royal Observatory of Belgium
The Solar Physics Department [link to] of the Royal Observatory of Belgium studies the photosphere, chromosphere, transition region, and corona of the Sun in the radio, optical, and far ultraviolet domains, develops models of the multiple structures in these layers, and analyzes the dynamical phenomena that heat and renew the solar atmosphere.

  • Instrument calibration
  • Magnetohydrodynamical modeling working group

Belgium Observatory

Observatoire de Paris
The Observatoire de Paris is the world's oldest active observatory. The site of the Observatory was surveyed by members of the Académie Royale on June 21, 1667, the Summer Solstice. The Observatory is a large rectangle (31 m x 29 m) with its four faces oriented with the cardinal points of the compass. The latitude of the south face defines the Paris latitude (48° 50' 11''). The meridian line passing through its center defines the Paris longitude. Construction of the Observatory was completed in 1672.

  • Ground based radio investigation coordination and liaison

Observatoire de Paris

Laboratoire d'Astronomie Spatiale
The Laboratoire d'Astronomie Spatiale, an institute of both the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and the Centre National d'Ètudes Spatiales , has participated in space exploration since the beginning of the space era. Its mission is to conceive and to deploy instrumentation on board balloons or satellites for astrophysical observations above the atmosphere. These platforms allow observations of the entire electromagnetic spectrum of astrophysical objects not accessible from the ground, particularly in the ultraviolet and infrared regions.

  • COR2 optics consultant
  • F corona modeling


Computational Physics, Inc. (CPI)
Computational Physics, Inc. was founded to perform advanced scientific research and use its findings to characterize radiation properties of the Earth's upper atmosphere and develop new remote sensing techniques for better understanding the upper atmosphere and ionosphere.

  • COR1 mission scientist
  • SECCHI program management


NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, managed by the California Institute of Technology, is NASA's lead center for robotic exploration of the solar system. JPL spacecraft have visited all of the planets in our solar system except Pluto. JPL telescopes are observing distant galaxies in the universe to study how our solar system was formed. JPL also manages the worldwide Deep Space Network, which communicates with spacecraft and conducts scientific investigations from its complexes in California's Mojave Desert near Goldstone; near Madrid, Spain; and near Canberra, Australia.

  • 3D modeling and visualization

JPL Cal tech

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)
SAI is a high-technology research and engineering company that offers a broad range of expertise in technology development and analysis, computer system development and integration, technical support services, and computer hardware and software products.

  • Magnetohydrodynamical working group
  • Magnetohydrodynamical reconstruction working group


Stanford University Solar Observations Group

  • Mission scientist
  • Education and public outreach


University of Michigan

  • Particles and fields liaison
  • Magnetohydrodynamical working group


Southwest Research Institute (SwRI)
SwRI is an independent, nonprofit, applied engineering and physical sciences research and development organization

  • Calibration working group