DTU Space is engaged in both basic research and technology development activities, and the Institute is characterised by strong interaction between technology and science.

The Institute’s research uses satellites and space probes to study phenomena on Earth and in space. The Institute is engaged both in developing, building, and testing technology for international space projects and in analysing and interpreting scientific data from the missions.

Research at DTU Space centres on a number of main areas, which can be divided into four general categories:  

There is usually strong cooperation between the Institute’s basic research and its technology development activities, and many projects therefore cover both areas.

Space research and technology is an international field of research, and many of the Institute’s space projects are carried out in cooperation with other research institutions around the world, as well as with ESA and NASA.