KTH Space Center

KTH Space Center coordinates and promotes space-related activity at several KTH departments, with an overarching objective of establishing KTH as a "Space University" and a hub for Swedish space research and technology.

ESA and KTH have developed a Water drop antenna

In a collaboration between ESA and KTH, engineers have developed new 'water drop' antennas, named since its shape resembles the ripples produced by a water drops falling on a fluid.

The antenna is designed to direct radio waves. Traditional waveguide lenses use complex dielectric materials to limit unwanted electromagnetic signals, but this new water drop lens directs wanted signals purely due to its curved shape. This results in a much simpler and cheaper manufacturing process and opens up for interesting opportunities.

The article can be read in its entirety here:
ESA article on the Water drop antenna lens

KTH student team selected to fly their experiment on a rocket

REXUS/BEXUS  programme offers student teams a unique opportunity to design, build and fly their experiment on a sounding rocket. The rocket is launched from Esrange space base near Kiruna, and reaches an altitude of over 80 km before re-entering the atmosphere.

A group of KTH students supervised by N. Ivchenko och G. Tibert has secured the place to fly their experiment on REXUS-30 rocket, to be launched in early 2021. The experiment B2D2 ("Bistable boom dynamic deployment") will demonstrate a deployable boom with magnetic sensors, to be used for science-grade measurement of magnetic field on small space probes.

See more details on ESA's news update . The progress of the B2D2 team can be followed on Facebook  and Instagram .

Working with the Student Satellite MIST!

Do you want to work on the Student Satellite MIST? Right now there are several positions available in the following fields:

• System engineering (1 position)
• Mechanical integration and test (2 positions)
• Thermal analysis and test (1 position)
• Functional testing and flight simulations (3 positions)
• On-board software (2 positions)
• Ground station design, integration and test (2 positions)

Click here for instructions on how to apply! (docx 17 kB)

Very short lunch talks about Space History

During this autumn Sven Grahn (dr h.c.) will provide shorter lunch talks about various topics of space history. They will be hosted every week between the 25:th of september until the end of november. For more information about dates and topics see the calendar closer to the autumn Click here for the calendar site!  .

Exploring the Physics of Planetary Environments

This summer a novel and unique course addressing the physics of atmospheres, ionospheres and magnetospheres of various Solar System bodies will be housed at KTH. Guest lecturers from Sweden, Europe and the US provide a tour through the Solar System with lectures and workshops on different ways of measuring, observing and modelling planetary environments. The course targets primarily MSc and PhD students. For more information about the course and application click on the link below:
Information about the course

BepiColombo launch

KTH has delivered two wire boom units to the Jaxa/ESA mission BepiColombo that launched on the 20 of October. This is the start of a 7 years long journey to Mercury in order to learn more about the planet.

Click here to read more about the BepiColombo mission


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