DTU Space - the national space institute

DTU Space - Denmark's national space institute - is a world leading institute in several fields due to an unique interaction between science, technology and applied research.

We are 150 employees at DTU Space. We have more than 50 years of experience with space science. We have participated in more than 100 international space missions. We work with both ESA and NASA and a number of national space organizations and universities.

We work with many aspecs of space science: With space as the starting point we do scientific research, develop technology, advice authorities, educate scientists and engineers for the benefit of society. This includes exploring our solar system, the universe, the Earth's magnetic field and monitoring Earth's climate and environment from space. We use spacecrafts, aircrafts, satellites, drones and landbased systems. We develop technologies and instruments to use for that purpose.

We work with private businesses and universities in Denmark and abroad. We advice public authorities and private organizations. We educate space scientists and engineers. Currently 270 are studying here.

Our mission is to create and expand knowledge about Earth and space physics as well as related space technologies in order to:

  • Foster scientific results within Earth and space physics of a high international  standard.
  • Provide space-related technological research of a high international standard.
  • Increase student motivation to enter technical and scientific disciplines.
  • Create attractive educational opportunities for the next generation of scientists and engineers.
  • Offer added value, growth and synergies in the high-tech end of Danish industry and business through the exchange of knowledge and technology.
  • Offer research-based consultancy to agencies and authorities regarding space science and technology, the environment, climate, geographic  infrastructure, transport and security in Denmark.

DTU Space is characterized by a close-knit interplay between engineering disciplines and natural science. The scientific challenges require development of new technologies, and the technological research opens up new scientific opportunities. The combination of the technical and scientific competencies enables us to deliver unique end-to-end solutions within selected areas, i.e. to both develop the necessary instrumentation and process the collected data to scientific results.


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Kristian Pedersen
Director, Professor
DTU Space
+45 45 25 95 01


Morten Garly Andersen
Responsible for Communication
DTU Space
+45 45 25 97 69