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

Privilege
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.

Objectives

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.

Structure

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

Director

Annegreeth Lameijer

Institute secretary

Prof. Dr. Just Herder

Board member

Prof. Dr. Alle-Jan van der Veen

Board member

Prof. Dr. Sjoerd Stallinga

Board member

Prof. Dr. Herman Russchenberg

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

05.05.15
News: PhD Board

TU Delft Space Institute Seed Grants

The Board of the Delft Space Institute is happy to announce that these 4 projects have been awarded the DSI Seed Grant 2022

  1. GPU-accelerated Memory-constrained Background Subtraction for Terabyte-sized METIS ELT Imaging Time Series
    Roger Moens, 3ME faculty
    Progress Project
  2. Hundred colors of galaxies validating ultra-wideband sub-mm spectroscopy
    Matus Rybak, EEMCS faculty
    Progress Project
  3. Space Taper: A Spatially Tapered Phased Array Antenna for Future Space Communications
    Nehir Berk Onat, EEMCS faculty
    Progress Project
  4. Free Space Optical Communications Testbed
    Joshua Spaander, AE faculty
    Progress Project

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The aim of the ‘TU Delft Space Institute Seed Grants 2021′ is to encourage TU Delft employed PhD’s Postdoc’s to initiate novel, innovative ideas on research, education, facilities and & (data) infrastructure or fast-track innovations that are aligned with the four main objectives of the TU Delft Space Institute:

  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;
  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; and in doing so to develop and strengthen the young scientific research capacity of TU Delft.

DSI Seed Grants are meant to support the researcher in a specific space-related project and elaborate on surprising new, out-of-the box ideas: think of new combinations of disciplines part of the TU Delft Space Institute, new approaches to the problems faced by the three TU Delft Space Institute Themes (Space Robotics, Sensing from Space, Distributed Space Systems), new ways to educate a community to space, to generate new insights related to one (or more) TU Delft Space Institute objectives.

This call provides the opportunity to obtain a seed grant and it opens on November 1st 2021. The grants are offered with a maximum of 20,000 € available per project, with a maximum project timeline until December 2022. The funding is intended to support Space related projects of early career researchers with seed funding such as for prototypes, demonstrators, pilot course modules, online courses or use case analysis. Proposals using an interdisciplinary approach are especially encouraged, as well as proposals that link research of more than one faculty, participating in the TU Delft Space Institute.

 Who can apply?

If you are PhD or Postdoc with an appointment at TU Delft at one of the five participating faculties of the TU Delft Space Institute you are invited to apply for this DSI Seed Grant.

To apply for a grant, you need to return the completed proposal form on the DSI  website before the deadline of February 15 2022 along with a support letter from an academic staff member (UD/UHD/HGL) of TU Delft. Proposals and support letter must be submitted to spaceinstitute@tudelft.nl.

How is the Selection made?

The Board of the TU Delft Space Institute will decide on winning proposals. The decision of the Board will be final and binding in all respects. Criteria for the decision will be:

  1. Impact for TU Delft Space Institute
  2. Scientific Quality
  3. Feasibility

The criteria are of equal weight. The decision of the Board will communicated in writing within 4 weeks of the closing date.

Information sharing within the Community of the TU Delft Space Institute

In October 2022, there will be a workshop organized by the TU Delft Space Institute, where the current status is presented in all selected grants. Invitations to the workshop will be sent to all staff members of TU Delft associated with the Institute.

A final report, summarizing the grant activities and achievements, of no more than 4 pages (not counting for cover pages and appendices), shall be provided latest at the end date of the project to spaceinstitute@tudelft.nl.

Timeline:

  • 11.2021: call opening
  • 15.02.2022: call closing
  • 03.2022: publication of winning projects and formal letters
  • No later than 01.04.2022: start of the projects
  • 12.2022: end of projects

Contact


TU Delft Space Institute
Kluyverweg 1
2629 HS Delft
Telephone: +31 (0)15-2786060
spaceinstitute@tudelft.nl

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.