TU Delft Space Institute

Spaceflight serves scientific, economic and societal needs. The TU Delft Space Institute contributes to the space sector with ground-breaking research. And since the proof of the pudding is in the eating, the institute demonstrates new techniques on missions in space. “Miniaturization is reshaping spaceflight”, says Eberhard Gill, director of TU Delft Space Institute. “By doing innovative interdisciplinary research our institute contributes to renewing spaceflight.” Sensing from Space, Distributed Space Systems and Space Robotics are the three focal themes of TU Delft Space Institute.

Sensing from Space
Sensing from Space is focused on improving remote sensing capabilities, the bedrock of many missions to space. Innovative sensor systems are crucial for observing the universe and monitoring our own planet. Read more

Distributed Space Systems
Sensing from Space intersects with the second theme, Distributed Space Systems, where multicomponent systems can form virtual instruments spread over several satellites. Navigation of constellations, and even swarms, is a challenging research area. TU Delft has all the necessary in-house expertise to do innovative research in this field. Read more

Space Robotics
Nowadays, the performance of small satellites is often severely limited by the lack of a propulsion system. The development of miniaturized propulsion systems is an important research topic within Space Robotics. Other topics are orbital servicing and space debris handling, as well as testing commercial devices under space condition. Read more

The TU Delft Space Institute is an open institute. The scientists collaborate with partners both from within and outside university. The research institute was founded in 2015. It is part of Delft University of Technology. Director Eberhard Gill: “It is a privilege to bundle the creative energy of all those great scientists, who do space research at TU Delft.” Read more

The mission of the TU Delft Space Institute is to bundle and create expertise on Space for local, regional and global impact on research, education and valorization. Our vision is to contribute to ground-breaking solutions to the Space sector to serve scientific, economic and societal needs.


The TU Delft Space Institute shall:
1. stimulate and jointly develop and conduct ground-breaking research on Space,
2. jointly demonstrate innovative systems in Space and realize valorization opportunities with Space and non-Space partners, and
3. increase the visibility and impact of Space expertise and activities at Delft University of Technology as a whole
4. stimulate and further develop education on Space.

The TU Delft Space Institute wants to be an open institute in facilitating internally and externally spin-in and spin-out with domains other than Space.


The TU Delft institute is headed by the Institute board (see below) which is composed of the six theme leaders and the director. The Institute Board comprises the theme leaders and representatives from the five faculties and will meet quarterly to discuss and decide on operational and strategic topics. The director reports to the Steering Board which is composed by the deans of the five faculties and a member of the TU Delft Executive Board. The director and institute board are supported by the institute secretary and advised by the Advisory board.

Institute Board

Prof. Dr. Eberhard Gill


Aerospace Engineering

Annegreeth Lameijer

Institute secretary

Aerospace Engineering

Prof. Dr. Just Herder

Board member

Mechanical Engineering, Marine Engineering & Technical

Prof. Dr. Alle-Jan van der Veen

Board member

Electrical Engineering, Mathematics & Computer Science

Prof. Dr. Herman Russchenberg

Board member

Atmospheric Remote Sensing

Board member

Theme Leaders

Dr. Jian Rong Gao

Sensing from Space

Dr. Jian Guo

Distributed Space Systems

Dr. Hans Goosen

Space Robotics

Dr. Tamas Keviczky

Distributed Space Systems

Dr. Chris Verhoeven

Space Robotics

Giorgia Giardina

Sensing from Space

Stef Lhermitte

Sensing from Space


News: PhD Board

DSI project call 2022/23 is OPEN to all TU Delft employees

  • Closing date: February 1st, 2023.
  • Funding: 200k Euro + co-funding.
  • An interfaculty setting is mandatory.
  • A multi-disciplinary setting is mandatory.
  • Project Duration (1st phase): March 2023 –December 2024.
  • This call is open to TU Delft employees only.
  • Guidance for applicants: DSI’s Theme Leaders will provide instructions, the application form and guide all proposals.


    Space Robotics:                    Chris Verhoeven (EWI), Hans Goosen (3Me)
    Sensing from Space:             Jian Rong Gao (TNW), Stef Lhermitte (CITG)
    Distributed Space Systems:  Jian Guo (AE), Tamas Keviczky (3ME)


There are three criteria for the project evaluation:

  • Scientific quality.
  • Feasibility.
  • Overall goal, connection with follow-up phases.

Each criterion merits 10 points at most.
The threshold for eligibility is at 25 points. Provided this threshold is met, the highest-ranking project will be granted.
The evaluation will be done by DSI’s Institute Board. The results will be made public on February 15th, 2023.

General questions: spaceinstitute@tudelft.nl



TU Delft Space Institute
Kluyverweg 1
2629 HS Delft
Telephone: +31 (0)15-2786060

For general questions regarding the TU Delft Space institute please contact the institute  SpaceInstitute@tudelft.nl

For expertise on specific space-related topics we have created a web directory on this website which you may consult for contact details of relevant experts.

Contact information on other TU Delft employees can be found on the TU Delft website.

The TU Delft Space Institute is present at five different faculties of Delft University of Technology. Directions to the TU Delft campus and maps of the campus can be found here.