Division established …………………………………... 1952

Major projects ongoing ..……………………………..... 36

Objective: Perform foundational discovery R&D to ensure Navy and Marine Corps access to critical space capabilities and space force enhancement capabilities on the ground, at sea, and in a contested space environment.

From the beginning of the Division in 1952 under the direction of John Hagen to the present, the Naval Research Laboratory Space Science Division (SSD) has pursued a broad-spectrum research, development, and experimentation program to study the atmospheres of the sun and the earth, the physics and properties of high energy space environments, and solar activity and its effects on the earth’s atmosphere, and to transition capabilities to operational use. The importance of basic research in the service of the Navy was robustly championed by Homer Newell, the Division’s second Superintendent, who noted to Congress in 1957 that “a strong basic research program is essential to continuing vitality of applied R&D in missiles or any other military or peacetime applications. New facts, new ideas, new techniques, new materials, new instruments, all come from the basic research effort…” Extraordinary ranges of research and results have been achieved.

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Space Science Home
About Jill Dahlburg
Geospace Science and Technology Branch
High Energy Space Environment Branch
Solar and Heliospheric Physics Branch