Space & Scientific Instrumentation: earth observation, laser-satellite communication, astronomy

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, including their use in space technology. The Netherlands has a strong international position in the development and implementation of innovative and optical instruments for use in space and science.

Ever since its foundation, TNO has been active in the field of advanced optical instruments, and for over 50 years has been developing instruments for use in space, astronomy, scientific research and manufacturing industry. Examples of this work include the development of instruments for measuring the ozone layer (GOME and TROPOMI) and a space telescope (GAIA). The measuring instruments contribute to dealing with important social issues, spur on science and form the basis for hi-tech industry and job opportunities in the Netherlands.

50 years track record

Future prospects

Space plays a crucial role in the daily life of everyone on Earth. Satellites for communication, Earth observation and astronomy are an increasingly crucial part of our planet’s infrastructure. In close cooperation with industry, TNO Space & Scientific Instrumentation delivers  breakthrough technology for space and scientific instruments.

Kees Buijsrogge, Director Space & Scientific Instrumentation: “We do this to prevent air pollution and climate change, help our understanding of the universe, enable secure broadband connectivity and stimulate economic growth.”

Impact

“For more than 50 years we have been developing instruments with ingenious creativity that are able to deliver world-class performance. Over the years, dozens of satellites as well as ground-based telescopes have been equipped with systems that TNO has designed, built and tested. Our technology ranges from spectrometers for Earth observation to opto-mechanical instruments and other high-tech mission-critical space components for space science and optical communication applications.”

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If you would like to know more about our Space & Scientific Instrumentation activities, please take a look at more examples of our work, or get in touch with us.

Would you like to know more about our Space & Scientific Instrumentation activities?

Take a look at more examples of our work, or get in touch with us!

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TNO to Apply Latest Adaptive Mirror Technology to Europe’s Largest Solar Telescope

14 April 2021
TNO has been selected to start the design of an essential component for the European Solar Telescope (EST), scheduled for construction in the Canary Islands. The telescope will allow detailed investigations... Read more
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TNO & Demcon to Provide Enabling Technology for the World’s Largest Telescope

02 February 2021
The European Southern Observatory (ESO) is creating the world’s largest telescope. It has selected TNO to provide a key enabling technology that will allow the telescope to produce better views of the... Read more
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Optical satellite communication: The next generation communication instruments for space science and exploration

28 January 2021
Space agencies across the globe have set their sights on the Moon and deep-space. But venturing as far as the Moon or even further, to Mars, makes it increasingly difficult to transmit the tremendous... Read more
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ESA awards TNO with contract for in orbit demonstration of laser communication terminal for faster data transmission

05 January 2021
ESA has awarded TNO an ARTES ScyLight contract to perform an in orbit demonstration (IOD), called SmallCAT (Small Communication Active Terminal), of a direct to earth laser communication terminal. Read more
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TNO & Airbus NL sign MoU to bring terabit Optical Ground Station (OGS) to market

04 December 2020
TNO and Airbus Defence and Space Netherlands (Airbus DS NL) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). It confirms their commitment to work together to commercialise the ground-breaking Terabit... Read more

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Drs. Kees Buijsrogge

  • Space
  • Scientific instrumentation
  • Earth observation
  • Remote sensing
  • Optical Satellite Communication

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