Montana State University

Department of Physics

Montana State University
P.O. Box 173840
Bozeman, MT 59717-3840

Tel: (406) 994-3614
Fax: (406) 994-4452
Location: EPS building, Room 264

Department Head:
Prof. Yves Idzerda

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Space Science and Engineering Laboratory

A student works on the construction of Montana's first satellite - Montana Earth Orbiting Pico Explorer (MEROPE)

The Space Science and Engineering Laboratory (SSEL) is a center of expertise with faculty, staff and facilities for space research and space technologies. MSU students play leading roles in developing space flight systems including rocket propulsion, an International Space Station experiment, small satellites, sounding rocket payloads and are analyzing data from operational spacecraft. MOSES, a novel rocket borne ultraviolet imaging spectrograph, paves the way for future development of space based solar instrumentation in Montana. SSEL facilities include a tracking station, cleanrooms, an optical testing lab and environmental test chambers. For more information on SSEL programs see:

For more information on SSEL programs please visit the SSEL website:


Updated: October 7, 2013 10:49