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2018
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
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
22 NOV

DTU’s near-field test facility is updated and expanded

Last year, the European Space Agency (ESA) gave a substantial grant to update the equipment in DTU’s near-field chamber ( DTU-ESA Spherical Near-Field Antenna Test Facility...

Electrotechnology Electromagnetism Antennas Space research Satelittes
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
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
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
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
21 APR

Two new Centers of Excellence

The Danish National Research Foundation invests DKK 120 million in two new centres at DTU.

Biotechnology and biochemistry Physics Space research
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
01 MAR

Solar storms trigger surprising phenomena close to Earth

New research from DTU shows that eruptions on the Sun’s surface not only send bursts of particles into Earth’s atmosphere, but—contrary to previous belief—also remove...

Space research Astrophysics
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
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
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
08 NOV

Oxygen and chemicals for the first refuelling station on Mars

When astronauts first set foot on Mars in the 2030s, a ‘petrol station’ will be ready for them, with oxygen and fuel for the trip home. DTU researcher Chris Graves is one...

Space research Energy Chemistry
03 OCT

DTU-ESA Facility upgrade

DTU Elektro has signed a 300,000 EUR contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) for upgrade of the microwave instrumentation at the DTU-ESA Spherical Near-Field Antenna...

Electromagnetism Microwave technology Space research
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
Photo: Joachim Rode
14 SEP

Countdown to Denmark’s biggest European space project

The instruments for the largest Danish-led European space project to date,  ASIM (Atmosphere-Space Interactions Monitor), are now being dispatched from Denmark, before...

Space research
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
Foto Thorkild Christensen
06 JUL

Rufus Gifford joins Juno mission celebrations

The United States ambassador to Denmark was present when DTU Space celebrated Juno’s arrival at Jupiter.

Space research
06 JUL

Danish expertise essential to European space travel

A unique, free-field laboratory and development of the measurement technology that is now used all over the world to ensure accurate measurement of satellite antennae have...

Space research
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
28 JUN

Global warming may have cumulative effect

The greenhouse effect of CO 2 seems to become stronger with increasing global temperatures. Thus, global warming may have a previously overlooked cumulative effect...

Earth observation Climate change
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
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
Illustration: JPL/NASA
02 FEB

Students hunting for life on Mars

Two DTU students are working on developing an instrument for a robot vehicle that is to be sent to Mars as a part of the ‘Mars 2020’ NASA mission. 

Space research Space technology and instruments
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
07 DEC

New issue of Technologist is out now

Our own Danish astronaut, Andreas Mogensen, occupies the front cover of the new issue of Technologist, DTU's international magazine, which this time takes a closer look...

Electrotechnology Robot technology and automation Electronics Electrical engineering Optics Sensors Medical equipment and systems Entrepreneurship Innovation and product development Space research Astrophysics Space technology and instruments
Photo: Ulrik Jantzen
04 DEC

Andreas Mogensen discusses spectacular lightning bolts at DTU

For the first time since his return from space, Andreas Mogensen met with researchers from DTU and the Danish Meteorological Institute at a major event at DTU with an audience...

Space research
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
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
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
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
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
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
08 APR

Weightless experiments prevent fires in space

Associate Professor Grunde Jomaas from DTU Civil Engineering is coordinating an international research programme targeted at fire safety in space. It includes what...

Fire prevention technology and safety Space research
07 APR

Why space probe Juno took photos of Earth and the Moon

Star cameras developed and hand-built by DTU Space supplied NASA with unique footage of Earth and the Moon seen from space. However, the Danish scientists had an ulterior...

Space technology and instruments Satelittes Earth observation
03 APR

First Swarm results make front page news

The three Swarm satellites have made the front page of the renowned international journal "Geophysical Research Letters", thanks to the first mathematical model of the...

Earth observation Satelittes
02 APR

Star camera may revolutionize navigation in space

A new way to use star cameras may help make savings in space mission budgets.

Space research Space technology and instruments Satelittes Earth observation
09 MAR

New NASA mission with DTU star cameras

Four NASA spacecraft are to study the Earth’s magnetic fields. Star cameras from DTU will be used to handle the navigation

Space research Cosmic radiation Space technology and instruments
04 MAR

New discovery sheds light on black holes

An X-ray telescope has, for the first time, observed powerful energy-rich winds emitted from black holes, providing new knowledge about the relationship between black holes...

Satelittes Space technology and instruments
09 FEB

Student observed astronomical sensation

Louise Vandbæk Kroer was only meant to be working with a researcher for a single semester—but the collaboration ended in universal delight.

Space research The Solar system
02 FEB

New international reference model builds on DTU Space data

The newly released International Geomagnetic Reference Field is based on Swarm data and DTU Space know-how

Earth observation Satelittes
2014
19 DEC

Space DroneCenter creating an export success

Drones with maritime applications and danish technology will be an export success

Earth observation Space technology and instruments
18 DEC

Keep an eye on the drones

A new centre for unmanned systems—better known as drones—will collaborate with Danish and foreign businesses, authorities and public institutions to develop and apply new...

Space research Robot technology and automation
26 NOV

Busy astrophysicist discovers two new x-ray sources

September and October were very busy months for Jérôme Chenevez, an astrophysicist at DTU Space.Hidden in recent data from ESA's INTEGRAL satellite he discovered a signal...

Astrophysics Satelittes Space technology and instruments
10 OCT

Voracious neutron star discovered

Astronomers have discovered a neutron star—a pulsating dead star which emits X-rays with an energy equivalent to around 10 million suns. The discovery was published in...

Space research The Solar system Space technology and instruments
08 OCT

New centre to disseminate knowledge of drones

New DTU centre for unmanned systems—better known as drones—will collaborate with businesses, authorities and public institutions to develop and apply new technologies.

Space research
24 SEP

NASA honours researchers behind film from space

Star cameras developed by researchers at DTU Space have ensured unique footage of Earth and the Moon seen from space. Now NASA has honoured the researchers behind the...

Space research Satelittes Space technology and instruments Earth's magnetic field
15 SEP

Juno Earth flyby

 

Space research Space technology and instruments Earth's magnetic field
15 SEP

Juno Earth flyby

Denne time-lapse sekvens er taget af stjernekompasset på Juno-rumsonden, mens den nærmer sig Jordens tyngdefelt. Billederne er taget i løbet af 4 dage med 5 minutters mellemrum...

Space research Space technology and instruments Earth's magnetic field
18 JUN

Danish satellite to track the routes of migratory birds

A small satellite developed in partnership between the University of Copenhagen and DTU will be listening to radio signals from migratory birds and other animals moving...

Space research
23 MAY

Experience climate change as it happens

The Arctic is the area on the planet where global warming is having the most pronounced effect. Against this background, researchers from the Danish Meteorological Institute...

Space research Polar research
17 MAR

Northernmost section of the inland ice now melting

Rising temperatures in the Arctic are now affecting even the northernmost reaches of the inland ice. This is one of the findings revealed by new measurements of the North...

Space research Polar research Climate change
04 MAR

Satellites in new orbits aid Arctic monitoring

DTU and the Danish military are developing technological solutions to improve communications and Arctic monitoring. One option is to employ so-called molniya satellites...

Space research
21 FEB

Satellite with Danish technology solving supernova riddle

NASA has been using the NuSTAR satellite to study the remains of an exploded star, thus obtaining new knowledge about supernovas.

The Solar system Space research Astrophysics Cosmic radiation Space technology and instruments
2013
13 DEC

Unique footage of the Earth and the Moon

DTU’s star camera has captured the Moon’s orbit of the Earth on film for the first time.

Space research Earth observation The Solar system Space technology and instruments
10 DEC

Earth and Moon Seen by Passing Juno Spacecraft

When NASA's Juno spacecraft flew past Earth on Oct. 9, 2013, it received a boost in speed of more than 8,800 mph (about 7.3 kilometer per second), which set it on course...

Space research
29 NOV

Successful launch of Swarm satellites

A swarm of satellites is now voyaging through space, carrying a range of Danish equipment.

Space research
11 OCT

New knowledge about Earth’s magical magnetic field

A DTU researcher and his French colleagues are one step closer to explaining what is going on deep inside the Earth. In a recently published article in Nature, they explain...

Space research
24 JUN

New web portal delivers current information about Arctic ice

DTU, DMI and GEUS have launched a joint web portal that conveys the latest observations and the newest knowledge on the development in the Arctic ice and climate.

Polar research Ice research Climate change Earth observation
10 APR

LOTUS to monitor ocean and land

DTU Space is leading the new EU-project LOTUS. LOTUS will develop new methods for using satellite data to monitor ocean and land.

Space research
18 MAR

Dr. John E.P. Connerney: "Mars Crustal Magnetism: Through The Lens Sharply"

Mars Crustal Magnetism: Through The Lens Sharply By Dr. John E.P. Connerney, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, USA Abstract Mars has no global magnetic field of internal...

Space research Earth's magnetic field The Solar system Astrophysics
2012
18 JUN

Forgotten images shed light on Greenland's glaciers

Satellite images combined with a forgotten photo archive shed light on the melting of Greenland’s glaciers.

Polar research Ice research Earth observation
2010
10 MAY

Professor Fiona Harrison is awarded an honorary doctorate from DTU

Professor Fiona Harrison has been awarded an honorary doctorate at DTU. As a professor at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) she has devoted her career to...

Space research
05 JAN

Continuation of the Danish geomagnetic activities

The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) are pleased to announce to the international scientific community that all Danish activities...

Space research
2009
31 AUG

The Arctic climate is changing drastically and rapidly

The Arctic climate is changing drastically at a rapid pace and the effects will be felt on a global scale. That was the overall conclusion from a scientific conference...

Space research
20 AUG

NSI Article #1 in AGU Top Weekly Downloads

A new scientific article from the National Space Institute is topping the AGU chart over Top Weekly downloads.

Space research
03 AUG

Cosmic meddling with the clouds by seven-day magic

Billions of tonnes of water droplets vanish from the atmosphere, as if by magic, in events that reveal in detail how the Sun and the stars control our everyday clouds...

Space research
15 MAY

Director elected fellow of AGU

Eigil Friis-Christensen, the director of the National Space Institute at the Technical University of Denmark, has been elected a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union...

Space research
11 MAY

Global map of gravity anomalies in Physics Today

The april issue of the respected scientific journal Physics Today features a full-page global map of gravity anomalies produced by Dr. Ole Andersen and his colleagues at...

Space research
11 MAY

EGU awards the Director of the National Space Institute

The European Geosciences Union (EGU) has awarded the 2009 Petrus Perigrinus Medal to the Director of the National Space Institute, Eigil Friis-Christensen. The medal is...

Space research
16 MAR

Danish scientists map white patches on the map of the world

Using new satellite measurements, scientists at DTU Space have mapped some of the last unknown areas on the Earth. This will benefit shipping and the oil industry and...

Space research
27 FEB

Satellites show the way to new oil finds

A new map of the Earth’s gravitational force based on satellite measurements makes it much less resource intensive to find new oil deposits. The map will be particularly...

Space research
2008
20 NOV

Danish researchers build magnetic observatory in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean

A new Danish observatory on a remote island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean will provide researchers with new knowledge about the mysterious irregularity of the Earth...

Space research
05 SEP

Ocean currents to be mapped from space

On 27 October 2008, the European Space Agency (ESA) will be sending GOCE, its newest Earth observation satellite, into orbit around the Earth, and for a team of scientists...

Space research
05 SEP

Bringing bright minds together on black holes

Gamma ray bursts, black holes and neutron stars are some of the exotic, cosmic phenomena which more than 100 of Europe’s leading astrophysicists will be discussing in...

Space research
02 JUL

Rare X-ray flashes reveal white dwarf

Using a Danish telescope, scientists from DTU Space have caught rare, longer lasting X-ray flashes and have helped to identify a white dwarf star approx. 25,000 light...

Space research
20 JUN

Surprisingly rapid changes in the Earth's core discovered

The movements in the liquid part of the Earth’s core are changing surprisingly quickly, and this affects the Earth’s magnetic field, according to new research from DTU...

Space research
16 JUN

Rendevouz in space

During his Master's project, Mathias Benn from DTU Space developed a technology that enables two spaceships to rendezvous and dock in space - entirely without human intervention...

Space research
13 MAY

Scientists endure Arctic for last campaign prior to CryoSat-2 launch

DTU Space leads the airborne program in CryoVEx 2008, an extensive three-week experimental program in the far north of Greenland and Canada.  

Space research
07 MAY

Student satellite launched with DTU Space detector on board

On Monday 28 April, the student satellite AAUSAT-II was launched. The small satellite has a gamma ray burst detector on board developed by DTU Space.

Space research
07 MAY

DTU Space on mission to Mars

When the first European space probe lands on Mars, a small piece of DTU will be on board

Space research
25 MAR

Inland ice has grown over the last 4000 years

Inland ice has moved forward during the last 4000 years, and it is only during the last 100 years that the ice has begun to melt. This can be seen from totally new research...

Space research
19 MAR

The Ørsted Satellite turns nine

The Danish Ørsted Satellite celebrates its ninth birthday in space on Saturday 23 February.

Space research