The Space Calendar

Our international space calendar gives an overview of some notable events and space missions DTU Space participate in. Via the tab on the left side of this page You can find information on other relevant activities at DTU/DTU Space.

2018 was a busy year at DTU Space. We were part of six significant missions with international partners such as ESA and NASA.

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Already in February, a unique mission is scheduled for launch. This concerns the satellite Ulloriaq which has been developed in collaboration with the Danish Defence Forces and Danish company GomSpace. It is the first time that the defence forces will have its own satellite. It is to contribute to monitoring the Danish Ministry of Defence’s area of responsibility in the Arctic. The satellite's radio receivers can pick up position signals from ships and aircraft. (succesfully launched)

In April, a large DTU Space mission will be launched. The mission is the ASIM climate observatory, which is ready in the USA to be launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The mission is scheduled to be launched into space and reach the International Space Station (ISS) on 13 March using a SpaceX Falcon 9 two-stage rocket booster. ASIM—The Atmosphere-Space Interactions Monitor—will be mounted on the outside on the Columbus module on ISS and, from here, it will observe and photograph the powerful electrical discharges from thunderclouds that reach upwards into space. These lightning discharges are known as 'red sprites', 'blue jets', 'halos', and 'elves', and they are still fairly unknown phenomena. (succesfully launched)

The ASIM project is being realized through the European Space Agency, ESA. DTU Space is responsible for scientific management and parts of the instrument development. The Danish technology company Terma has overall technical responsibility for the observatory, while the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) is participating in the scientific interpretation of the data. During his stay at ISS in 2015, the Danish astronaut Andreas Mogensen performed a preliminary study related to ASIM.

April will also see the launch of the climate satellites GRACE FO 1 and 2 by the American space agency NASA. They are to follow up on the climate satellites GRACE 1 and 2, which have just been decommissioned. DTU Space delivers custom-built star cameras for satellite navigation and conducts climate research in—among other fields—rises in sea levels and ice melting on the basis of the data retrieved by the satellites.  (succesfully launched)

In the first half of 2018 we take part of another great NASA-mission that is planned for launch. DTU Space supplies star cameras to NASA’s ICON mission, which will investigate conditions in the zone in which the Earth’s atmosphere interfaces with space. (Launch postponed, launch expected in 2019)

This summer, NASA's TESS mission will be launched in search of exoplanets. DTU Space delivers star cameras and participates with a research group. (succesfully launched)

Later in 2018 another climate mission to  monitor ice, sea, and land are planned for launch. It is ESA’s European Climate Change Programme that is expected to be extended with the launch of a new satellite in the large Sentinel climate satellite system for monitoring of ice, sea, and land. DTU Space uses data from this for research and to develop data systems for monitoring.  (succesfully launched)

And in 2020-2021 another major mission takes off. Here, the James Webb Space Telescope will be launched. The JWST is the world’s largest space telescope, and it will explore the very first galaxies formed in the Universe. DTU Space participates in the use of data from the mission and has supplied equipment for the telescope—including in the form of an ultra-strong carbon fibre construction that supports parts of the telescope.


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