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The Space Science and Technology Department (SSTD) at RAL, (STFC) carries out an exciting range of world-class space research and technology development. With significant involvement in over 180 missions, SSTD are at the forefront of UK space research. SSTD’s expertise covers a wide range of disciplines including: astronomy, solar physics, planetary physics, fundamental physics, earth observation, atmospheric chemistry and radio propagation. SSTD’s engineering disciplines include space electronics, detector systems, thermal and mechanical engineering, optics design, software engineering and e-science.