Research in PSSRI has strong links with areas of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and the Astronomy group in Physics. To enable and encourage interdisciplinary research these three research areas came together to form a new research hub – the Centre for Environment, Planetary, Space and Astronomy Research (CEPSAR).
Research activity in PSSRI is funded largely by STFC as well as drawing in support from other research councils. In addition, we continue to successfully attract significant funding from a number of other source, including charities (e.g.
Wellcome Trust) and commercial organisations on a regular basis. The research areas within PSSRI
are all inter-connected – with many activities spanning a number of different approaches such as sample analysis, spacecraft in situ and remote observation, as well as simulation and lab experiment.
PSSRI has a long history of involvement in major Solar System exploration space missions
, and continues this involvement with a major role in the ESA ExoMars mission. Beyond this, members of PSSRI have been heavily involved in many of the ESA Cosmic Vision proposals and continue to seek participation with other space agencies.