Expertise areas at the TU Delft Space Institute

Many research groups at Delft University of Technology are currently working on topics directly related to or linked to Space. In specific areas, such as precise orbit determination, Geoscience, Space Instrumentation, and the Delfi -program, research groups have achieved a renowned recognition and belong to the top groups worldwide.

Five faculties are key contributors to the Space sector at the university. The TU Delft Space Institute will contribute substantially to the development of knowledge exchange, cooperation and visibility within and outside of the university.

More on the specific expertise areas and contact details for the various experts can be found in our online directory.


Ground station

A satellite ground station is present on the roof of the EWI building for VHF, UHF and the S-band communication as well as for the reception of pulsar signals for an FP7 project. Within the TU Delft Space Institute, the ground station will be further extended and innovated to be able to handle multiple satellites
and large data streams. The existing cooperation with ISIS will be intensified.

Clean room for satellite integration

An ISO 8, class 100,000 cleanroom exists on the 8th floor of the Aerospace Faculty. The cleanroom has been established in 2005 and is officially registered as an Aerospace Engineering facility since 2012. Its mission is to facilitate high-level research on space systems while, at the same time, providing students with education and training in the field in a professional environment. On this facility space systems are developed, integrated and tested. A cleanroom manager coordinates the work of students, assures safety, facilitates research activities and offers training in proper usage of facility equipment.

Korolev Lab

Korolev Lab, named after Sergei Korolev, father of practical astronautics, is a one of its kind lab in the entire campus of TU Delft. It houses the Armature Rocketry European Altitude holder and one of the Dream Teams – Delft Aerospace Rocket Engineering (DARE). Although the lab is a facility of TU Delft Robotics Institute, DARE is its primary user where the lab is now DARE’s primary mission planning floor for Stratos II and eight other teams within DARE working all year round in the fields of propulsion, structures, recovery systems, electronics and experimental rocket concepts. It provides one of the best environments to foster future rocket engineers

PhD dissertations

Below you can find a list of recently published PhD dissertations.