Space Systems Engineering

Aerospace plays a crucial role in the daily lives of everyone on Earth. Communication, navigation and observation satellites as well as their innovative information systems, terminals and high-tech instruments are becoming a unique part of our planet's infrastructure. TNO works on aerospace technology together with the Dutch government, companies, institutes and universities.

The Space Systems Engineering expert group develops and supplies optomechatronic instruments and systems for aerospace, ground-based astronomy and scientific research. The demands placed on these systems are generally challenging the limits of technology.

Creating such instruments therefore calls for a thorough project organisation, in which experts in the fields of optics, mechatronics, manufacturing and testing work together in a multidisciplinary setting to achieve the desired result.

Space Systems Engineering

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Monitoring gas concentrations in the atmosphere, development of the quantum computer, manufacturing of mobile phone chips, non-invasive glucose measurement for diabetics: in all these applications and... Read more


From mapping the galaxy and investigating the largest scales of the cosmos, down to the fast measurement and manipulation of matter at the nanometer level: the TNO research group Optomechatronics develops... Read more

Space & Scientific Instrumentation

From ground-breaking climate research and satellites for observational systems, to non-invasive medical research and semiconductor production: we have a lot to thank optical scientific instruments for,... Read more
Our work

Space instrument calibration

Calibration is an essential part of a space instrument. Without calibration the data from the instrument cannot be interpreted and science is not possible. TNO has a leading position in providing calibration... Read more
Our work

PEASSS in Space – PiezoElectric Assisted Smart Satellite

A European consortium, led by TNO is developing and testing a system for space called PEASSS, Piezoelectric Assisted Smart Satellite Structure, over the coming three years. At the beginning of 2013, The... Read more
Our work

HIFI instrument for the Herschel Space Observatory

HIFI is one of three instruments at the heart of the Herschel Space Observatory. With a 3.5 metre diameter mirror, Herschel is the largest space telescope ever launched. Herschel's instruments are cooled... Read more

Expertise groups

Dr Rob Willekers

  • Space Systems Engineering