BB.20.002 – Space Science Technologies – SST

Route: Building blocks of matter and fundaments of space and time

Cluster question: 132 How can spacecraft and telescopes help us learn more about the universe and explore our own solar system?

The success of technological innovations is often based on three pillars: science, technology and disclosure. But with ever more specialization it can be hard to bring these three pillars efficiently together in a single project. The NWA ORC is the perfect kickstart to lay the foundations for a national Space Science Technologies (SST) consortium, where science/R&D, technology/industry and disclosure/outreach are directly and strongly intertwined from its start, allowing for successful and fast technological innovations combined with direct valorization to societal issues. To make this possible, the SST consortium will be coordinated by a multi-disciplinary team of engineers and managers who can bridge the gap between various disciplines, and consists of a group of experts with a considerable track-record in the 3 disciplines. SST will address a number of developments in the domain of space-based astronomy, which all require technological performance under harsh space conditions which demand true innovations, while at the same time providing spectacular and directly applicable show-cases and outreach opportunities through for instance Lunar missions. Via a direct link with industry, SST will intensively search for direct societal applications, and coordinate the implementation. For instance, any future low-frequency radio astronomy space missions to study the Cosmological Dark Ages and Cosmic Dawn will need to process large volumes of data efficiently and within strict mass, volume and power constraints. This will lead to the development of super-efficient and light weight digital receiver solutions based on CMOS technologies, which in turn will serve their purpose in societal Big Data solutions, for instance in medical or Earth-observation (environmental, agricultural) applications. The same science case also depends on interferometry as enabling technique, which has spin offs to other domains in astronomy, Earth observation and also in the societal domain for tracking and locating objects (patients in hospitals).


astronomy, earth observation, enabling technologies, outreach, space, space science, valorization

Other organisations

AcQ Engineering B.V., ASTRON, ATG Europe, AVATAR, CITC (NovioTech Campus), Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), Inspiro B.V., ISISPACE, LESIA, NIKHEF, NOVA, Observatoire de Paris, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (RUG), SpaceExpo, SRON, Technische Universiteit Delft (TUD), Technolution B.V., TU


Organisation Radboud University, Nijmegen (RU)
Name Dr. Marc Klein Wolt