ScienceStudying the science behind Earth’s complex systems is our lifework, and we’ve been exploring the ends of the Earth—from ocean depths to the upper atmosphere—for more than 37 years. Similarly, we seek to understand our place in the universe by exploring the formation and evolution of the first stars. We are invested in finding innovative ways to support our customers in learning more about critical science areas such as global climate change, ocean health, galaxy formation, dark matter, and more.
As the Earth begins to warm to unprecedented levels, we work with our customers to uncover the intricate relationships of our climate systems. We use satellite data to measure the amount of energy the Earth receives from the Sun, and how that energy moves through the atmosphere. We look closely at clouds, even down to the microscopic ice crystals that make up each cloud, and observe how they change, move, and affect our weather and climate. SSAI supports one of the only ocean platforms that take continuous cloud solar radiation measurements, and we work to improve global climate models in hopes of obtaining a clearer depiction of climate change.
In addition to studying data from space-based instruments, we also take a close look at Earth systems from ground measurement sites, using weather balloons and local instruments, as well as aircraft field campaigns. We assist in the entire process—from integrating the instruments into the aircraft to analyzing the data collected. We’ve traveled to the most urban, polluted cities as well as cold, remote locations in search of more information about our Earth and its environment.
We also turn our attention to the skies, looking at 13-billion-year-old light to study the remnants of the big bang, to follow the evolution of the early universe, to search for clues to the formation of black holes, and to map the geometry of the dark universe.
We focus our passion for science and technology on exploring important questions so that the quality of life may be improved for all of us.