Ulloriaq

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

Tuesday 14 Jun 16

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René Gyldensten

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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 as part of a surveillance demonstration for the Artic.

In cooperation with DTU the private company GomSpace will develop and deliver a new satellite to the national Danish Defence. The satellite is expected to be launched by the end of 2017. 

By this new agreement the Danish Defence will then have its own first satellite which can contribute to important surveillance of the Artic for the Kingdom of Denmark. 

"DTU has many years of experience in working with both the Arctic and satellite design, which are perfectly combined in this project"
Kristian Pedersen, director at DTU Space

The satellite is small, a nanosatellite, measuring just 30x20x10 cm, and will be fitted with radio receivers able to track and locate all traffic of ships and airplanes within the area of deployment. The demonstration is part of an analysis seeking to identify best-practice and future efforts reinforcing the Danish Defense’s surveillance of the Artic within the Kingdom of Denmark.

"At DTU Space we are very pleased to cooperate with the Danish Ministry of Defence and GomSpace, to build the first Danish satellite designed to solve some very important tasks for local authorities in Denmark and Greenland. DTU has many years of experience in working with both the Arctic and satellite design, which are perfectly combined in this project," said director at DTU Space Kristian Pedersen.

"At the same time this is a research project that will strengthen our technological development activities and improve our knowledge of the Arctic, where we also use a number of space-based and ground-based systems for climate and environmental monitoring."

The satellite has been named ”Ulloriaq”  which means ”star” in the Greenlandic language

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