Planetary Science Directorate


Studying the Solar System through Research and Exploration

Southwest Research Institute's Planetary Science Directorate has over 80 employees and is located in the Exeter Building at 11th and Walnut in downtown Boulder, Colorado.

Areas of research and development:

Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), based in San Antonio, Texas, is an independent, nonprofit, applied engineering and physical science research and development organization with over 3000 employees. The Space Science and Engineering Division's goals are excellence in space research and the expansion and deepening of SwRI's space research efforts.

Other SwRI News

Upcoming Hosted Events



Our evolving picture of the Kuiper belt

Kat Volk -- LPL




Iron meteorites and the cores of planets and asteroids.

Tim McCoy -- Smithsonian


All Upcoming Colloquia



SwRI, CSF announce 2017 suborbital space researchers, educators conference

As a new generation of suborbital space vehicles prepares to come online for space research, education, and space tourism over the next two years, the 2017 Next-generation Suborbital Researchers Conference (NSRC) will bring together hundreds of researchers, educators, flight providers, spaceport operators, government officials, and others in late December. NSRC-2017 will be held in Broomfield, Colo., just outside Denver, Dec. 18–20, opened by a Dec. 17 reception featuring experienced NASA and commercial astronauts.


CYGNSS Wins AIAA SmallSat Mission of the Year

NASA’s Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) won the “Mission of the Year” award at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) 2017 Small Satellite Conference. CYGNSS, a constellation of eight microsatellite spacecraft built and operated by Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), was launched into low-inclination, low-Earth orbit over the tropics in December 2016.