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29-01-2015
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Millions for intermediate black holes and ground-breaking redshift machine

The European Research Council has awarded SRON researchers Jochem Baselmans (2,4 million euros) and Peter Jonker (2 million euros) prestigious research grants. Jonker will chase intermediate-mass black holes to find out if they really exist. Baselmans will develop a ground-breaking instrument to measure the redshift of so called submillimeter galaxies, distant galaxies that are responsible for the cosmic infrared background radiation.        Read more (in dutch)
20-01-2015
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Over 2.3 million for space cameras

The province of Groningen sets a grant of over 2.3 million euros available to space research institute SRON. With this money SRON, together with companies from the region, develops new products based on the latest space research technologies. Such as parts of cameras that go along with future space missions of the European Space Agency (ESA) and cameras that will be used in SMEs and in industry.         More
14-01-2015
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RUG, ASTRON and SRON will develop master Advanced Instrumentation

The University of Groningen (RUG) will start with a master 'Advanced Instrumentation' from the year 2016/2017. The master is developed together with NWO research institutes ASTRON and SRON.           More
10-12-2014
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15 year old XMM-Newton still going strong

XMM-Newton (ESA) is the most sensitive X-Ray observatory ever launched into space. His successor ASTRO-H is almost ready, but the old giant can't seem to stop. Today, 10 December 2014, XMM celebrates his 15th birthday, and he will continue to observe pulsars, clusters of galaxies and supermassive black holes. Onboard are the Dutch reflection grating spectrometers. Succes story of extremely reliable space technology.        Read more (in dutch)
08-12-2014
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Breakthrough in fine dust measurements thanks to Dutch technology

The Dutch SPEX instrument means a breakthrough in the precise measurement of fine dust characteristics. This concludes Dutch astronomer Gerard van Harten in the dissertation that he defends today (8 December) at Leiden University.        Read more (in dutch)

Envisat

Monitoring the earth environment

Envisat is an ESA satellite, devoted to environmental studies, notably in the areas of atmospheric chemistry and ocean, ice and landsurface studies. Succesfully launched 1st March 2002, it is the largest Earth Observation spacecraft ever built. It carries ten sophisticated optical and radar instruments to provide continuous observation and monitoring of the Earth's land, atmosphere, oceans and ice caps. Envisat data collectively provide a wealth of information on the workings of the Earth system, including insights into factors contributing to climate change.

Instruments
SCIAMACHY, as one of the instruments on board of Envisat, is a UV-VIS-NIR spectrometer designed to detect a large number of trace gases in the stratosphere and troposphere relevant to ozone chemistry and global warming. Furthermore, SCIAMACHY will collect data on cloud coverage, aerosol and ground reflection. High accuracy and stability will enable the recordings of minimal, longer-term changes in atmospheric gas concentrations. Sciamachy will provide continuation of the data record started with the GOME instrument on ERS-2, with better accuracy and with more atmospheric trace-gas species.

SRON designed, constructed and tested the detector modules of the SCIAMACHY instrument.

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