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2019
22 JAN

Greenland ice melt accelerating dramatically

New study shows that the melt process reacts surprisingly quickly to changes in the atmosphere and the waters around Greenland.

Climate change Ice research Earth observation
21 JAN

Violent stellar explosion provides new knowledge about the universe

Researchers from DTU Space have helped identify a phenomenon rarely observed, originating from a giant stellar explosion far out in the universe. The new discovery has...

Space research Astrophysics
10 JAN

DTU Space to develop virtual space tour for youngsters

With EUR 282,000 of funding from the Novo Nordisk Foundation , DTU Space is to head the development of a virtual learning environment for schools and youth education...

Space research Earth sciences
02 JAN

New ESA Business Incubation Centre to be anchored at DTU

An ambitious nesting ground for the space industry will provide help, advice, and financial support for Danish growth companies and entrepreneurs.

Earth sciences Information technology Space research Transport and logistics
2018
12 DEC

Measuring the world’s forests from space

NASA has now initiated a new space mission to measure Earth’s forests and other biomass with razor-sharp precision through the help of DTU Space.

Earth observation Space technology and instruments Climate change
16 NOV

DTU contributes to mapping of unique meteorite crater in Greenland

An international team of researchers has discovered a giant meteorite crater—with a diameter of 31 km—buried deep under the inland ice in Greenland.

Geology Polar research Climate change
13 NOV

DTU has completed technology for Mars mission

After many years of development, researchers from DTU Space celebrate their completion of the technology that will search for signs of life on Mars on NASA’s upcoming...

Space research Space technology and instruments
30 OCT

DTU tests super precise positioning system

The Testbed in Aarhus for Precision Positioning and Autonomous Systems (TAPAS) is being made available to businesses and public authorities wanting to develop new concepts...

Information technology Satelittes
24 OCT

ESA launches spacecraft on 9 billion kilometre journey into space

DTU Space was at the launch, when ESA’s unique mission to Mercury was sent into space on Saturday morning on a journey to map the planet.

Space research Astrophysics Space technology and instruments
18 SEP

Extreme starburst mapped

It is a bit of a mystery what happens when a star 100 times more massive than the Sun explodes in a sea of lights in the far universe.

Space research Astrophysics
06 SEP

NASA and DTU make big discovery on Jupiter

According to new research from the Juno mission published in Nature with participation from DTU Space , the dynamo forming the magnetic field around Jupiter is much...

Space research
28 AUG

Prize completes historical mapping of the universe

Researchers receive prestigious prize for their significant scientific contribution to the European Planck mission.

Space research Astrophysics
21 JUN

The bedrock below West Antarctica is rising surprisingly fast

An international study published in Science and lead by DTU Space finds that the bedrock below the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is rising surprisingly fast which reveals...

Climate change Polar research Earth observation
13 JUN

Antarctica has suffered massive loss of ice since 1992

New research show that accelerating ice loss from Antarctica have increased sea levels by 7.6 mm since 1992. DTU Space has contributed to the study mapping 25 years of...

Ice research Climate change Earth observation
29 MAY

ASIM observatory captures first giant lightning

DTU scientists have analysed the first amazing images of a violent thunderstorm over the Earth captured by the ASIM observatory  at the International Space Station .

Space research Space technology and instruments Earth observation
18 MAY

DTU on high-precision climate mission in space

DTU is playing a major role in the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) climate mission which NASA is scheduled to send into space from California...

Climate change Earth observation Space technology and instruments
14 MAY

Climate research boosted with a new European super satellite

Researchers at DTU are conducting comprehensive climate, environmental, and marine research using data from ESA’s Sentinel satellites. With a new launch, a large part of...

Marine research Ice research Mapping and surveying Satelittes Space research
03 MAY

The contribution of oceans to the Earth's magnetic field

Researchers from DTU reveal new surprising details about the contribution of the oceans to the Earth’s magnetic field.

Earth's magnetic field Space research Satelittes
23 APR

TESS launched to find new planets in the Milky Way

NASA’s TESS mission , in which DTU participates, was launched safely into space on Thursday to explore exoplanets in the Milky Way.

Space research Astrophysics Space technology and instruments
23 APR

Search for ‘Earth-sized’ exoplanets

NASA’s TESS mission takes the next big step in the exploration of exoplanets in the Milky Way with help from DTU. The purpose of the project is to locate planets that...

Space research Astrophysics Satelittes
20 APR

ASIM observatory now installed

DTU is looking forward to receiving data from the ASIM space observatory , which was installed on the International Space Station (ISS) last weekend.

Space research Space technology and instruments Earth observation
10 APR

The Dragon module carrying ASIM has arrived at the ISS

The Dragon spacecraft with the Danish ASIM project on board has reached the International Space Station. Andreas Mogensen helps guide the spacecraft from the NASA control...

Space research Space technology and instruments Climate change
02 APR

ASIM launched successfully from Cape Canaveral

The ASIM-observatory has been launched for the International Space Station, ISS, 2 April 2018. ASIM will observe gigantic lightning and Gamma-ray flashes powered by thunderstorms...

Climate change Space research Space technology and instruments
27 MAR

Thunderstorms in space holds climate information

From it's position at ISS 400 km above the Earth ASIM will look into phenomena in the atmosphere powered by thunderstorms.

Space research Space technology and instruments Climate change
23 MAR

Astronaut Andreas Mogensen: “We practice faults and problems”

The countdown to the launch of Denmark's next large European space project ASIM has begun. Astronaut Andreas Mogensen is part of the ground team when ASIM is send to...

Space research
22 MAR

Danish-led space project ready for launch at Cape Canaveral

The last preparations are well-underway at Cape Canaveral in Florida leading up to the launch of the space project ASIM to survey thunderstorms from the International Space...

Space research
15 FEB

DTU scientist leads discovery of almost 100 new exoplanets

An international team of scientists lead by a PhD student at DTU Space have just confirmed finding nearly 100 new exoplanets.

Space research Astrophysics
05 FEB

Unique Danish satellite in orbit around the Arctic

A new Danish satellite has been launched into space to test the monitoring of ships and aircraft in the Arctic region. This is a joint project between DTU, the Danish Ministry...

Satelittes Earth observation Space technology and instruments
15 JAN

DTU part of six significant space missions this year

At regular intervals in 2018, a mission to which DTU contributes will launch into space.

Space research Climate change Satelittes
2017
21 DEC

Unique climate mission to end as an impressive shooting star

DTU Space has made a big scientific contribution to NASA’s climate research mission GRACE, which is now ending after 15 years.

Space research Satelittes Climate change Ice research
20 DEC

New study connect exploding stars, clouds and Earth climate

New research from DTU Space provides better understanding of how cosmic rays can influence Earth´s cloud cover and climate.

Cosmic radiation The Solar system Climate change
27 NOV

10 years with Virtuel Galathea 3

Virtuel Galathea 3 is a website containing teaching resources based on the tour around the world of the Galathea3 expedition in 2006-2007. The project is coordinated by...

Wind energy
22 NOV

Denmark’s next space project ready in March 2018

The ASIM climate observatory will observe and photograph powerful electrical discharges from thunderclouds from space.

Space research
 Photo: Bax Lindhardt
17 NOV

New test facility for drones and self-driving vehicles

A new test facility is the first step in a strategy designed to make DTU a leader in research and education relating to autonomous systems.

Robot technology and automation
07 NOV

Youngest winners found in European space contest

Children from Austria and France won in the youngest categories in this year's Odysseus II space contest sponsered by the EU, where DTU Space is regional partner. Thousands...

Space technology and instruments Satelittes The Solar system
Photo: Birgitte Røddik
30 OCT

Celebrating the PhD graduates of 2017

Around 170 PhD graduates attended the annual PhD Graduation Ceremony at DTU on Friday, 27 October.

18 OCT

DTU researchers involved in historic discovery in outer space

The INTEGRAL space craft has measured signals originating from a collision of two neutron stars. For the first time ever, gravitational waves and gamma rays have been recorded...

Astrophysics
16 OCT

DTU takes part in huge space discovery with ESA

The INTEGRAL satellite where DTU Space is a part of the technical and science team sees gamma blast travelling with gravitational waves for the first time.

Space research
13 OCT

He knows how fast the ice is melting

Abbas Khan has worked at DTU Space for ten years. In his capacity as associate professor, he has provided the world with crucial new knowledge about the fast-melting...

Earth sciences Climate change Ice research Polar research
09 OCT

Drone offers new possibilities for climate proofing of watercourses

In future, watercourse measurements will be carried out by drones. Drones will give more precise information for monitoring watercourses and thus better climate proofing...

Earth sciences Mapping and surveying
11 SEP

DTU equipment on board Taiwan’s first satellite in space

Taiwan has launched its first domestically designed satellite which will be used for Earth observation. DTU has supplied the three star trackers which are used to precisely...

Earth observation Satelittes
21 AUG

Drone technology benefits society

According to the Danish Drone Strategy, the Danish Government wants to promote the use of drones in the public sector. And now a string of DTU projects have become airborne...

Antennas Robot technology and automation Mapping and surveying Fish and shellfish
09 AUG

Winners found in European youth space contest finals

Projects from Portugal and Austria have won the 2017 grand international final of the Odysseus II space science contest for European Youth where DTU Space is regional partner...

Photo: DTU Space
10 JUL

First MSc graduates in space technology

The first MSc students with a BSc and MSc in Earth and Space Physics and Engineering have just graduated from DTU. The study programme focuses on developing technologies...

Space research
28 JUN

I’d like to be a space tourist

Five events have influenced the carreer of John Leif Jørgensen from DTU Space . Read how he experienced the Apollo launch and became inspired by Danish adventurer Troels...

Space research
17 JUN

Bulgarian science talents wins space contest in Denmark

A team of talented young Bulgarians secured a ticket to the finals of the European youth space contest Odysseus II after winning the regional semi finals in Denmark...

Space research
13 JUN

European space science talents to compete in Denmark

DTU Space sends 27 talented young people to the Odysseus Space Contest at Maersk Mc-Kinney Moeller Science Centre i Soroe, Denmark. They compete for a ticket to the finals...

Space research
12 JUN

DTU concludes international ice-mapping in the Arctic

In spring 2017, an international team led by DTU Space has mapped the ice above the sea and land from Canada over Greenland to Svalbard to gain as detailed a picture as...

Ice research Climate change Mapping and surveying
08 JUN

DTU Space launches new technology on the hunt for neutron stars

NASA’s recently launched NICER mission—which is to obtain new knowledge about extreme stars in the Milky Way—includes new Danish navigation technology and an exciting scientific...

Space research Astrophysics Space technology and instruments
30 MAY

DTU helps NASA map Jupiter's magnetic field

Jupiter’s magnetic field is very different to what was previously assumed. This is evident from new scientific findings from the Juno mission, which are now being published...

Space research Space technology and instruments The Solar system
02 MAY

DTU to test balloon communication with Swiss colleagues

DTU Space has developed a system for ground-to-ground communication via balloons, which is to be tested over a distance of 1,000 km in collaboration with the technical...

Space research Telecommunication
03 APR

DTU assesses research-related tasks for ESA

DTU Space has been chosen to head the work of selecting new projects for the European Space Agency, ESA , which are to ensure that the large volumes of data from the...

Earth's magnetic field Earth sciences Space research
23 MAR

Upper part of Earth’s magnetic field reveals a dramatic past

New research based on data from the European Swarm-satellites maps details of the Earth's magnetic field that reveals a possible meteorite impact in Africa some 540 million...

Earth's magnetic field
17 MAR

Solar outbursts trigger surprising phenomenon near Earth

New research from DTU and international partners shows that eruptions on the Sun’s surface not only send bursts of energetic particles into the Earth’s atmosphere causing...

Earth observation Space research Earth's magnetic field
14 MAR

DTU to deliver drone system for Arctic measurements

Newly developed drone technology from DTU Space is to ensure more efficient climate change monitoring in the Arctic. The equipment will now be handed over to the Villum...

Ice research Climate change Mapping and surveying
07 MAR

NASA hædrer DTU Space for bidrag til udforskning af Jupiter

Forskere og eksperter på DTU Space høster flot anerkendelse fra NASA for arbejdet med Juno-missionen, der i øjeblikket undersøger planeten Jupiter 720 mio. kilometer fra...

Space research Space technology and instruments The Solar system
06 FEB

DTU security centre will strengthen research and collaboration

A new centre—Security DTU—will strengthen DTU’s research and facilitate access for public authorities and companies to the University’s knowledge in the field of security...

Materials Information technology Environment and pollution
Photo: NASA
03 FEB

New knowledge about thunderstorm effects on the climate

For the first time researchers are able to describe thundercloud activity in the stratosphere. The research is based on videos captured by ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen...

Space research
16 JAN

DTU Space organizes Nordic youth space competition

DTU Space is Nordic partner on a space contest for young Europeans. The aim is to encourage interest in space science.

Space research
2016
22 DEC

DTU researchers find river of molten iron in the Earth’s core

Deep down in the Earth’s core a massive river of molten iron is moving westward under Alaska and Siberia at increasing speed. The remarkable movement have been detected...

Earth's magnetic field Satelittes
19 DEC

New drone to ensure safer demining

Researchers at DTU intend to develop a drone with magnetometers capable of mapping mines in former war zones, which will make demining more efficient and less dangerous...

Mapping and surveying Earth sciences Raw materials and raw materials exploitation
Photo: Uni Bul
09 DEC

Flying expeditions supplements satellite images

Measurements taken from aircraft ensure improved monitoring of the changes in inland and sea ice. However, this method will soon be supplemented by the use of large drones...

Polar research Ice research Satelittes
Surfaces of the liquid metal region surrounded by magnetic field lines represent consequent moments of the modeled geomagnetic reversal. The big sphere is the close up of the surface of the liquid core in the first snapshot. (Image: J. Favre, A. Sheyko).
10 NOV

Earth’s magnetic field under the ‘simulation magnifying glass’

Earth’s magnetic field has reversed direction hundreds of times in the course of our planet’s history. But the cause of those reversals remains unclear. 4 million CPU...

Earth's magnetic field
01 NOV

DTU welcomes new Arctic research strategy

Danish Minister for Higher Education and Science Ulla Tørnæs presents a new strategy on Arctic research and education. DTU is pleased that this area will be given further...

Polar research Earth sciences
30 SEP

Strange blackouts hits Space satellites near Equator

Researchers have been puzzled by regular blackouts in the GPS navigation system on the European Swarm satellites where DTU Space leads the international scientific cooperation...

Earth's magnetic field
Zachariae Isbræ Northeast Greenland. Photo: Anders A Bjørk
21 SEP

The Greenland ice sheet has raised sea levels by over 4 metres

A new study in Science Advances has shown that the melting ice sheet is responsible for a much bigger rise in global sea levels than previously assumed.

Ice research Geology Climate change Mapping and surveying Polar research Earth observation
08 SEP

DTU closes gap in Earth magnetic field monitoring

In the midst of the Greenland ice sheet a new geomagnetic ground station from DTU Space is now collecting data on the Earth’s magnetic field. The isolated station is covering...

Earth's magnetic field Polar research
Photo: Mikal Schlosser
06 SEP

Russia donated DTU Space bust of Yuri Gagarin

On Friday, September 2, DTU Space was presented with a bust of Yuri Gagarin—the first man in space. The event took place at a ceremony marking the first anniversary of...

Space research
05 SEP

18 new H. C. Ørsted postdocs

DTU recently welcomed 18 highly talented researchers who have been granted a H.C. Ørsted COFUND postdoc fellowship. The 18 researchers come from all over the world and...

31 AUG

Satellites and drones can help people living in the Arctic

A new report just released by DTU presents for the first time an overall picture of the opportunities Denmark has to establish space infrastructure comprising satellites...

Satelittes Polar research Mapping and surveying
24 AUG

Solar activity has a direct impact on Earth’s cloud cover

Solar variations affect the abundance of clouds in our atmosphere, a new study lead by DTU Space suggests. Large eruptions on the surface of the Sun can temporarily shield...

Cosmic radiation Space research
02 AUG

Winners found in European youth space contest

Contestants from five European countries have won top honours at the 2016 international final of the EU’s Odysseus space science contest. A new round is coming up.

The Solar system Earth observation Space technology and instruments Satelittes
Foto Thorkild Christensen
05 JUL

Rufus Gifford med til at fejre Juno-missionen

USA’s ambassadør i Danmark var på pletten, da DTU Space fejrede Junos ankomst til Jupiter.

Astrophysics Space technology and instruments The Solar system
05 JUL

The goal is a person on Mars

While space scientists all over the world are eagerly exploring the solar system, their budgets are under pressure. The solution is closer international cooperation, says...

Space research Climate change Polar research
01 JUL

After travelling three billion kilometres, Juno reaches Jupiter

One of the biggest missions that DTU has ever participated in reaches its destination—Jupiter—on 4 July. 

Space research Space technology and instruments The Solar system
14 JUN

DTU assists Danish Ministry of Defence with satellite monitoring of the Arctic...

The Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) has signed an agreement to develop, deploy and test a new satellite...

Space research Satelittes Earth observation
26 APR

Sweden and United Kingdom ready for Space Contest Finals

It was a hard job for the jury to find the winners in the Odysseus II-contest semifinals held in Denmark. The pan-European competition is aimed at young and talented...

23 MAR

"My heart will always belong to NASA"

Mariann Albjerg spent 30 working on NASA’s Space Shuttle programme and has climbed higher in the NASA organization than any other Dane to date. Her 30 years of service...

Space research Space technology and instruments
11 MAR

On the way to intelligent traffic control

An important step towards a more efficient running of urban traffic is knowing how many cyclists, pedestrians, and drivers are at which places, when they are there, and...

Transport models Mobility Transport behaviour Data analysis Telecommunication Computer calculations IT systems Satelittes
09 MAR

New theory about the weakening of the Earth’s magnetic field

The Earth’s magnetic field, which protects the planet and its 1,300 satellites against particles from outer space, is becoming weaker and weaker. A DTU researcher may...

Earth's magnetic field Earth sciences Space research Satelittes
2015
Kangiata Nunata Sermia in Southwest Greenland The image shows different lines that marks the extent of the ice at different points in  time. The upper trimline (transition) between the ligther and darker valley sides marks the extent of the glacier during the Little Ice Age, while the lower lines shows the extent at later points in time. The height of the trimline is derived from aerial imagery, and this information is used to calculate the mass loss of the Greenland Ice Sheet during the twentieth century. Credit: Nicolaj Krog Larsen, Aarhus Universitet
17 DEC

Dramatic reduction of the Greenland Ice Sheet in the 20th century

For the very first time, climate researchers from the Centre for GeoGenetics at the Natural History Museum of Denmark , together with, among others, DTU Space publish...

Ice research Climate change Mapping and surveying Polar research Satelittes Earth observation
13 NOV

20 new H.C. Ørsted Postdocs welcomed in 2015

DTU recently welcomed 20 highly talented researchers who have been granted a H.C. Ørsted COFUND postdoc fellowship. The 20 researchers come from all over the world and...

05 NOV

DTU Space helps NASA monitor solar eruptions

When NASA sleeps , DTU takes over and helps NASA monitor solar eruptions and forecast the space weather. This spring, NASA praised the Danish researchers for their input...

Space research
Skytårne fotograferet af Andreas Mogensen fra ISS som del af Thor-projektet
02 NOV

Danish astronaut delivers superb results to DTU Space

Denmark can finally call itself a full member of the international space-faring community with the successful completion of Andreas Mogensen's mission to the Internation...

Earth observation
30 OCT

DTU Space researcher awarded US patent

DTU Space lecturer François Anton Castro has been granted his second US patent, along with his collaborators, Deogratius Musiige and Vincent Laulagnet. The patent is for...

Data analysis
16 OCT

Catapulted into the eye of a media storm

Torsten Neubert, Senior Executive Officer at DTU Space , landed with a splash in the media spotlight on 2 September, when Andreas Mogensen—the first Danish astronaut...

Space research
09 OCT

Research boosts business

Twenty-five innovative companies have already received help in reinforcing their business from DTU researchers. The plan is for 68 companies to have completed similar...

28 SEP

Danish Astronaut Strikes Gold for DTU Space

September 2015 will be remembered as the month when Denmark completed its apprenticeship as a Space-faring nation. Danish ESA astronaut, Andreas Mogensen, was launched...

Thunder clouds in the distance over the northern part of South America. Photo:ESA_DTU Space.
14 SEP

Andreas Mogensen captures first pictures of thunderclouds and lightning

Andreas Mogensen, Denmark’s first astronaut, has successfully photographed thunderclouds during his IRISS mission on the International Space Station. The images are likely...

Space research
25 AUG

Andreas Mogensen to photograph giant lightning bolts and thunder clouds from space

A lightning experiment at the International Space Station (ISS) will examine what happens in the atmosphere above thunder storms. In addition to providing researchers...

Space research
22 JUN

Help on its way for seafarers in Arctic waters

A partnership involving DTU, Copenhagen Business School, and the business community is to reinforce the Arctic commerce within the commonwealth.

Polar research Ships and offshore constructions
17 JUN

More than EUR 9 million from the Danish Council for Independent Research

DTU receives grants for 17 research projects from the Danish Council for Independent Research.

Foto: ESA/Corvaja
16 JUN

First Dane in space will test equipment from DTU

This September, space flight engineer Andreas Mogensen is set to become the first Dane in space. His mission involves testing equipment for DTU Space , where he holds...

Space research
01 JUN

Children's University at DTU named European champions

Children's University at DTU 2014 has just won first prize in the European research communication competition Reach.Out! The competition is held by the European Materials...

Photo: Nils Lund
29 MAY

New drone combines helicopter and aircraft capabilities

The prototype of a new hybrid drone has just been unveiled at a conference in Odense, Denmark. The project is headed by DTU Space, and DTU is, among other things, contributing...

Environment and pollution Space research
18 MAY

New smart drone can protect against flooding

The prototype for a small unmanned craft with unique properties is currently being completed. Together with the company Sky-Watch , researchers from DTU Space and...

Earth sciences Climate change Mapping and surveying Environment and pollution
12 MAY

Ground-breaking findings reveal new insights into the death of stars

DTU researchers have helped design a telescopic mirror system used to detect an asymmetric supernova explosion which occurred at a faster pace and was more powerful on...

Space research
11 MAY

Greenland Article the most read among IOP journals

A couple of weeks after publication of his article "Greenland ice sheet mass balance: a review" DTU Space researcher Abbas Khan, and his internation colleagues, had the...

Earth observation Climate change
11 MAY

Thyborøn gets its own Space Centre for Research Days

With the emphasis on social contact and public outreach, a bus full of Masters and Ph.D. students from DTU Space set course for the fishing town of Thyborøn on the west...

Space research Earth observation Satelittes
24 APR

The idea was too good to let go

A gadget for locating vehicles in town was too expensive to develop—but the solution was right at hand.

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