SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research

SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research

OUR MISSION IS TO BRING ABOUT BREAKTHROUGHS IN INTERNATIONAL SPACE RESEARCH

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SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research

OUR MISSION IS TO BRING ABOUT BREAKTHROUGHS IN INTERNATIONAL SPACE RESEARCH

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Herschel carried out of the 'nose' of Antonov (ESA)

14 Februari 2009

Herschel arrives in French Guiana

The Herschel spacecraft arrived at the airport in French Guiana, in the early hours of the morning of 12 February. The Herschel spacecraft was unloaded from the 'nose' of the Antonov airplane. The spacecraft and containers carrying support equipment were subsequently transported to the launch site at Kourou by road.
ESA press release

 

12 February 2009

Herschel on its way to launch base

Yesterday at 5.30 pm an Antonov cargo plane took off from Schiphol airport with on board ESA’s space telescope Herschel. Destination of the flight is the European launch base in Kourou, French Guiana. From there Herschel, with the SRON built space instrument HIFI, will continue its journey to space by an Ariane-5 launcher half of April.
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15 December 2008

Space instrument HIFI successful through last test on earth

HIFI is ready for the real work in space on board the Herschel space telescope which is being launched the coming year. This was the conclusion of SRON’s engineers after the last heavy test of Herschel in simulated space conditions: in vacuum and extremely cooled.
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25 June 2008

Sensitive space instrument resists roaring rocket engine

The space instrument HIFI, that SRON built for ESA’s space telescope Herschel, perfectly survives the noise of the rocket engine that will bring him into space. This was the conclusion after the acoustic test Herschel underwent last week at ESA’s research centre ESTEC in Noordwijk.
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Herschel being prepared for transport to Kourou (ESA)
Herschel being moved into the Large Space Simulator (ESA)
Herschel in the clean room at ESTEC (ESA)
   

After the start in 1997 when the proposal to ESA for HIFI was written, the development and building of this instrument took place in both locations of SRON from 1998 up to 2007. HIFI was delivered to ESA on July 10, 2007 and it was presented to the world on September 11, 2007. Now HIFI is almost fully integrated in the Herschel satellite, it was thought to be a good moment to celebrate this with the whole SRON staff. The whole SRON staff, because many of us worked on HIFI the past years and there are a lot of people waiting for the data HIFI will generate.

The celebration will be at Space Expo on March 19, 2008. This not only is a special place for everyone interested in space research and spaceflight, but also offers the opportunity (when everything goes well) to have a look at the Herschel satellite itself. A detailed program will be presented later on. Below you find the rough outline.

Program overview:

11:00 Departure from Groningen
12:15 Departure from Utrecht
13:30 Arrival at Space Expo
14:00-17:00 Divided in four groups we successively visit Herschel; the remaining time can be used for a visit to Space Expo or a walk on the beach (under reserve)
17:00-19:30 Drinks and buffet
19:30 Return journey

ID: copy to be handed in before March 12

For legitimation purposes when visiting ESTEC you have to hand in a copy of your ID card, passport or driver's license in Utrecht at the reception or in Groningen at the secretariat. You have to do this before March 12. People who do not hand in their copy on time, can not join the visit to ESTEC.

 

dit is een test om van alles uit te proberen

(["Basic metadata"]["Source"] is "CESR") AND (["More (specific for HIFI)"]["Location in CC tree"] is "C-19 CSL / As Built Product Baseline / Change Notices")
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Na een start in 1997 met het schrijven van het HIFI voorstel aan ESA, heeft de ontwikkeling en bouw van HIFI plaatsgevonden van 1998 tot 2007 in beide vestigingen van SRON. De aflevering van HIFI aan ESA heeft plaatsgevonden op 10 juli 2007 en extern is het HIFI instrument op 11 september 2007 gepresenteerd. Nu is HIFI vrijwel geheel geïntegreerd op de satelliet Herschel en het leek ons goed om dit te vieren samen met alle SRONners. Alle SRONners, want er zijn velen die aan HIFI zelf gewerkt hebben, maar er zijn er ook velen die op HIFI hebben moeten wachten en er zijn velen die de data verwachten.

De viering willen we doen op de Space Expo. Dat is niet alleen een mooie plek voor iedereen met interesse voor ruimteonderzoek en ruimtevaart, maar het biedt ons ook de gelegenheid om een uitstapje te maken naar Herschel zelf (als alles goed gaat). Een gedetailleerd programma volgt later. Hieronder onze eerste globale indeling:

Programmaoverzicht

11:00 Vertrek uit Groningen
12:15 Vertrek uit Utrecht
13:30 Aankomst bij Space Expo
14:00-17:00 In vier groepen na elkaar bezoek aan Herschel; rest van de tijd mogelijkheid bezoek Space Expo of voor sommigen strand (onder voorbehoud)
17:00-19:30 Borrel en buffet
19:30 Terugreis

Identiteitsbewijs: kopie inleveren voor 12 maart

In verband met de toegang tot het ESTEC-terrein is het nodig dat je je kunt legitimeren. Daarom wordt de deelnemers verzocht om een kopie van hun paspoort of rijbewijs in te leveren bij de receptie in Utrecht of het secretariaat in Groningen. Dit moet voor 12 maart gebeuren. Degenen die op die datum nog geen kopie van hun identiteitsbewijs hebben ingeleverd, kunnen niet mee op 19 maart.

ASTROPHYSICS

The Astrophysics programme at SRON is dedicated to unraveling the history of the universe, from the first stars and black holes to large-scale structure.

EARTH

The Earth programme covers SRON’s activities on unraveling the impact of trace gases and aerosols in the atmosphere on the climate and air quality of planet Earth.

EXOPLANETS

The Exoplanets programme is dedicated to atmospheres of other planets and is an in-between of SRON's Astrophysics and Earth programmes.
 
 
 
   

TECHNOLOGY

The Technology programme is SRON's backbone for development of enabling technology and technology transfer & valorisation.

INSTRUMENT SCIENCE

The Instrument science group covers SRON's skills and know-how with regard to instrument physics, system engineering (up to full-instrument level) and project management. It is an expertise group that provides resources for all SRON instrument projects.

ENGINEERING

The Engineering group covers SRON's skills and know-how with regard to product assurance, quality assurance, configuration control, design engineering – electronic & mechanical – and parts procurement. It is an expertise group that provides resources for all SRON instrument projects.

CURRENT

Annual report

Annual report

Our annual report 2014-2015 will be available soon. Please find here SRON's latest report.

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FUTURE

Strategy

Strategy

SRON’s scientific programme focuses on the evolution and history of the universe, on climate change and air quality on earth, and on the atmospheres of planets near other stars than our sun. SRON therefore has four programme lines: Astrophysics, Exoplanets, Earth, and Technology. These four programme lines are supported by two expertise groups: Instrument science and Engineering. SRON’s goals are to maintain its leading position in international space missions and to find answers to the big scientific and societal questions of our time.

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PAST

50 jaar ruimteonderzoek

50 jaar ruimteonderzoek

Halverwege de jaren vijftig van de 20ste eeuw - met name na de lancering van de Russische Sputnik-satelliet in 1957 - zien astronomen in dat de ruimtevaart kan helpen de grote vragen van het ruimteonderzoek te beantwoorden. Henk van de Hulst richt in 1960 de Commissie voor Geofysica en Ruimteonderzoek van de KNAW op; Kees de Jager volgt op 1 oktober 1961 met de Werkgroep Ruimteonderzoek van Zon en Sterren. Het is het begin van een ontwikkeling waarin Nederlandse sterrenkundigen wereldwijd een grote reputatie opbouwen.

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SRON’s mission is to bring about breakthroughs in international space research 

Therefore the institute develops pioneering technology and advanced space instruments, and uses them to pursue fundamental astrophysical research, Earth science and exoplanetary research. As national expertise institute SRON gives counsel to the Dutch government and coordinates - from a science standpoint - national contributions to international space missions. SRON stimulates the implementation of space science in our society.



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