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Compared to its size, Denmark has a strong presence among the space faring nations. From design and delivery of spacecraft components through universities and private companies, to the first Danish astronaut Andreas Mogensen, who flew on the International Space Station in 2015.
Danish involvement in space travel is boosted by its role as a founding member of the European Space Agency (ESA). It is our hope that Denmark's commitment to space and space exploration may be strengthened further, allowing for further opportunities for the Danish space industry, as well as increasing the public awareness of space, and desire for adventures into the unknown.
Space Activities Overview in Denmark
Denmark has been part of several space missions to date, some of which are mentioned below:
Mars rovers - The successful landing of the Curiosity rover on Mars in 2012 is a milestone in space exploration. With the stated goal of determining if Mars ever held life, and studying the climate and geology of the planet, the rover has proved its worth many times over.
The University of Copenhagen delivered the color-correction target attached to the rover, and has been working with NASA during rover operations. The successful delivery of this component opened the doors for further Danish commitment to Mars, and the upcoming Mars 2020 rover mission will again be using color calibration targets designed at the University of Copenhagen. Further, The Technical University of Denmark will be delivering cameras to the Mars 2020 mission, allowing great precision for geological sampling.
DTU Space - DTU Space is a department at the Technical University of Denmark. With 135 researchers and 270 students, DTU Space is the largest center of space exploration expertise in the country. In addition to the design of cameras for the Mars 2020 mission, DTU Space has delivered tracking and navigation equipment to a great range of spacecraft, and has participated in over 100 space missions. The stated goals of DTU Space is Observation of Earth from space, Exploration of the universe, and development of technology and measurement equipment.
Country-Specific Events in 2017
- October 11, 2017 - Stjernekoncert - Science and art will meet when Astrophysicist Anja C. Andersen talks about the universe, accompanied by music fra the choir Tritonus and conductor/saxophone player Jakob Høgsbro. - Rundetårn, Copenhagen.
October 13, 2017 - Culture night - See the instruments used by physicists, witness demonstrations, and try experiments by yourself. Additionally, visits to the laboratories are possible, and talks by various scientists are scheduled. - Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen.
Interesting Web Links for the Young Generation in Denmark
Danish Astronautical Society - Society engaged in promoting public and political awareness of spaceflight.
Interesting Activities in Denmark and Abroad
Space Symposium, Colorado, USA - has brought together space leaders from around the world to discuss, address and dream about the future of space.
The European Interparliamentary Space Conference (EISC), Estonia, Tallinn - a permanent forum for inter-parliamentary co-operation in space between the European national parliaments interested in space policy.
International Conference on Environmental Systems, USA - covers all topics related to humans living and working in extreme environments with applications inside or outside of terrestrial or outer space habitats or vehicles.
International Astronautical Congress, Bremen, Germany - consists of a scientific conference program and a space exhibition, with about 4,000 space actors from all over the world come together.
International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety, Toullouse, France - non-profit organisation dedicated to furthering international cooperation and scientific advancement in the field of space systems safety.
Summerschools in Denmark and Abroad
Caltech Space Challenge, California, USA - Yearly space mission design challenge.
The Leiden/ESA Astrophysics Program for Summer Students (LEAPS), Leiden, Holland - LEAPS is an opportunity for students with an interest in astronomy and astrophysics to perform a 10-12 week summer research project in collaboration with a research scientist from Leiden Observatory or ESA.
Alpbach Summer School, Alpbach, Austria - Yearly space misison design workshop. This summer school comes HIGHLY recommended by your friendly local NPoC.
NASA Frontier Development Lab - A key part of FDL is the definition of valid problems suited to the application of emerging AI techniques and hardware. In 2016, the teams developed breakthrough solutions in meteor discovery, shape modeling and deflection scenarios.
Space Station Design Workshop, Stuttgart, Germany - Compete and cooperate in international, interdisciplinary teams to design a manned space station.
International Space University Summer Course, Netherlands - The Space Studies Program (SSP) is a graduate level professional development program, and ranges from policy and law, business and management and humanities to life sciences, engineering, physical sciences and space applications.
Umeå University Summercourse, Kiruna, Sverige - The course gives students insight into the historical development of human spaceflight, an understanding of the requirements to be met in order to send humans into space and to present the current status of European activity in human spaceflight.
ESA Concurrent Engineering Challenge, Redu, Belgium - Concurrent engineering is a method of designing and developing products in the space sector. All subsystems are designed simultaneously, as specialists of all disciplines and subsystems collaborate all together working in joint sessions conducted in a dedicated facility. -
Danish companies involved in space travel
GomSpace - Statement: We believe nanosatellites should be put to work delivering revenue and/or mission critical services for their owners, and we can deliver the - often complex - projects that enable our customers to do this.
Terma - Terma is among the most experienced European providers of mission-critical products, software, and services for space missions.