DTU Space develops and produces instruments for international satellites and space probes, and the Institute ensures validation and calibration of the instruments using airborne campaigns in Greenland and the rest of Europe.
The Institute develops and builds stellar compasses for satellite navigation, magnetometers for measuring global magnetic fields in space and radar and radiometer systems for measuring the thickness of sea ice and ice sheets, for example.
Several of the Institute’s projects have resulted in new inventions for the space industry. For example, the Institute is collaborating with an external company to develop a new type of device for detecting oil leaks from ships.
Concurrently with developing instruments, DTU Space analyses scientific data from the satellite missions, and the close link between science and technological development is of great benefit to both fields.