DTU Space is contributing to NASA's NICER mission to the ISS with both advanced star navigation and orientation units, and scientific collaboration

The NICER mission implements a very rapid response and high sensitivity X-ray telescope, which as an exposed experiment on the International Space Station (ISS), starting in 2017, will monitor the full sky for X-ray sources. The NICER telescope is optimized to study neutron stars and phenomenas related to these, but will also utilize some more advanced techniques, such as interstellar navigation. DTU is delivering the pointing instrumentation, a stellar-inertial sensor, which is designed to ensure the absolute pointing of the X-ray telescope on the relatively dynamically unstable ISS platform. The DTU pointing sensor is the first of its kind, but is expected to replace other techniques in high dynamic spacecraft in the next decade.


NICER stands for Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer and you can read about the science behind the mission here


DTU is also contributing with a CO-I (co-investigator) to the mission. Jerome Chenevez has been nominated CO-I for the mission, mainly focusing on thermonuclear processes on the surface of accreting neutron stars.


Read more on the NICER homepage at NASA's Goddard Spaceflight Center


Pictures: Keith Gendreau


For more NICER pictures see Keith Gendreau's Flickr page


John Leif Jørgensen
Professor and Head of Measurement and Instrumentation
DTU Space
+45 45 25 34 48


Jérôme Chenevez
Associate Professor
DTU Space
+45 45 25 97 03