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

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

BOTH SRON BUILDINGS, IN GRONINGEN AND UTRECHT, ARE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

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SPICA (the Space Infrared Telescope for Cosmology and Astrophysics) is the next large far-infrared astrophysics mission and will study the evolution of galaxies, stars and planetary systems.  In answer to programmatic and technical challenges the SPICA mission is being restructured, with a launch date around 2025, and a larger European contribution in the context of the Cosmic Vision program of the European Space Agency.

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Artist's impression of the original SPICA mission. The mission is now being restructured.
At a recent meeting, devoted to the definition of the key science areas that the mission should focus on, as well as the scientific instruments that are needed to address these key science areas, the ISAS director Prof. Tsuneta and SRON director Prof. Waters expressed their strong support for the development of a new SPICA concept and the continued commitment of both institutes to support the mission.

SPICA will have a 3 meter class mirror cooled to 6 K and one of its main science goals will be to map the distant universe at far-infrared wavelengths. Prof. Tsuneta underlined the importance of SPICA as the next large astrophysics mission of JAXA, in partnership with ESA and European countries. An important next step in the realization of the mission is the submission this fall of a proposal in the context of the call for proposals for the medium sized mission M4 in the ESA Cosmic Vision program. SRON, with strong support from JAXA, will lead the effort to submit this proposal.

Tokyo/Utrecht, February 2014

RESEARCH

SRON has four programme lines, Astrophysics, ExoplanetsEarth, and Technology, with science groups attached, and two expertise groups, Instrument science and Engineering.

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.

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EXOPLANETS

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

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EARTH

The Earth programme is aimed at the climate and air quality of planet Earth, with focus on the global carbon cycle and aerosols.

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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.

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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.

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TECHNOLOGY

The Technology programme is SRON's backbone for the development of enabling technology.

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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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