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Miniaturisation

Miniaturisation The Netherlands is a hub for miniaturisation within the space field. The TU Delft’s nano-satellites push the envelope of small-scale exploration and companies like Bradford engineering, TNO and ISIS continuously develop and provide small scale solutions for space-based problems. From a tiny propulsion system that will fit in your hand to fingernail sized sun sensor technology...

Propulsion Developments

Propulsion Developments Propulsion research in the Netherlands centers around solid propellant as a source for both hot and cold gas, as well as structure development and testing for rocket engine frames and interstages. Companies in the Netherlands have a long tradition of collaboration on the research and development of rocket propulsion begun by TNO in the 60’s. In more recent years, igniter...

Satellite Components

Satellite Components The Netherlands provides standard components, without which spaceflight would not be possible. Solar panels for power and attitude and orbit control systems to determine a satellite’s position are consistently provided by Dutch companies. The Netherlands houses essential developments in solar power, the prime energy source for satellites in space. Dutch Space, ESA’s preferred...

Scientific Instrumentation

The Netherlands has expertise in providing the instrumentation that transforms a satellite into a mission. From idea to creation, Dutch scientists and engineers combine experience with optics, sensors, mechanics and electronics to create an ideal environment for (inter)national collaboration in creating satellite instrumentation. HIFI, onboard the Herschel Space Observatory,...

Small Satellites

Small Satellites Small satellites might have a big future ahead of them as organisations begin to opt for small satellites to test new technology in space. Clusters of satellites can also work together to perform the tasks of a larger satellite, with potentially lower cost and risk. The PRoject for OnBoard Autonomy 2, or PROBA 2, is a satellite dedicated to the demonstration of innovative...

Space Technology

Spaceflight puts extreme requirements on technology development that are beyond comparison with any other technology sector. Because of these strict requirements, space guides technology, both literally and figuratively, to new heights. The development of nano-electronics, ultra-sensitive sensors, super-strong materials and structures, new ways to efficiently gather and use...

Energy

Energy In space, there is no automatic power supply and every difference in efficiency counts in determining both the mission length and its possibilities. The same technologies that will power drills on Mars and treadmills in low Earth orbit have been used to push energy technology forward here on Earth. All three Dutch solar cars that have finished first in the World Solar...

Food

Food Both Earth observation satellites and astronauts have a unique perspective that’s immensely beneficial back on Earth. While most people think of space food as dehydrated astronaut ice-cream, food from space is actually all around us. An eye in the sky helps farmers on Earth know best how to produce food on Earth, and studying and improving astronaut nutrition can help us with...

Health

Health Because spaceflight exposes human beings to new environments, monitors our own environment, provides access to remote areas of the world and creates laboratory potential that’s literally out of this world, the space industry has many benefits to healthcare. Lab-on-a-chip technologies, miniature micro-fluidic laboratories inside a microchip, originally meant for and still...

Recreation

Recreation From racing on your computer in real-time against real Formula One drivers, to improving your football game, to letting you know when a day at the beach will turn into a day at home watching TV, space technology has vastly changed the way we spend our free time. If you don’t know how to get to your ski pista, you search for it on Google maps or put it in your Dutch Tom Tom. If...

Transport

Transport Not only does your personal GPS help you to get where you want to go, this space technology helps Rotterdam harbour function efficiently, transport trucks supply goods in a timely fashion and is even used to perform traffic modelling to predict and improve daily commute times. Rotterdam harbour manages the transit and moorage of nearly 30,000 sea ships and 130,000 inland...

Weather

Weather While we are used to watching weather reports and looking up rain shower tracking websites on a daily basis, that technology has not always been available. Thousands of lives are now saved because great storms that once came out of the blue are now predicted by modern meteorology that strongly depends on the use of satellites. Even events like Earthquakes and their...

Daily Life

Space is an essential and constantly growing part of our daily life. Weather forecasts, communications, and navigation, but also the development of new technology: without spaceflight it would all be very different right now. Space technology has made the world much smaller, safer and simpler to live in. From knowing what the weather will be like while packing for vacation,...

GMES

GMES Global Monitoring for the Environment and Security (GMES) is a European programme that brings together data from sensors on the ground, in the water, in the air and in space to monitor our environment and support every citizen’s security. GMES data will help us better understand how our planet is changing, why this is happening, and how best to act on this information....

GOCE

GOCE GOCE will measure the magnitude and direction of the Earth’s gravity field with a previously unheard of accuracy. The information is important for research into ocean currents, sea level variations, the Earth’s climate, and processes going on inside the Earth’s masses. GOCE delivers an essential contribution to our knowledge of System Earth, the most complicated life support...
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