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.

Summer book recommendations by Sven Grahn

Sven Grahn, project manager of KTH Space Center's student satellite MIST has shared some of his recommendations for books to read. They are perfect to read now during summer or in general during these quite unusual times. In the document attached below you can find a description of the books.

Sven Grahns book recommendations (docx 14 kB)

Some of the books are freely available for download at NASAs website.

Exploring the Moon from a Large European Lander: ESA Call for Ideas

ESA will hold an information session on May 22 between 14: 00-16: 00 (CEST) where you can join and influence future lunar research that will be conducted by their lander EL3. El3 will land on the lunar surface and will be sent up sometime at the end of the 2020s.

More information about the project and how you can attend can be find in the link.


Winner of prize for the best final degree project 2019 - Florine Enengl

KTH Space Center’s prize for final degree project on advanced level is awarded annually to a student at KTH. The student have performed a final degree project of high quality in a subject within the areas of interest to KTH Space Center. The prize for best final degree project 2019 was awarded to Florine Enengl. In her work she explores the relationship between energetic particle precipitation and mesopause temperature

Are you interested in reading more on the work it can be found as an attachment below:

On the Relationship Between Energetic Electron Precipitation and Mesopause Temperature (pdf 6.5 MB)

We at KTH Space Center would like to offer our congratulations to Florine Enengl on a well performed final degree project. Are you a student at KTH who believes that you final degree project fulfulls our criteria you are welcome to apply for next years prize, more information can be found on the links below:

Information on final degree project - Basic level

Information on final degree project - Advanced level

MIST work continues – remotely

Recommendation from the Public Health Agency of Sweden is to work from home if possible. How does this affect the work on the studen satellite MIST? The project manager of MIST, Sven Grahn has written an update on the work which to a large extent is done remotely. To read the article click on the link below.

Working on MIST - remotely

If you are interested, there is still time to apply for joining the MIST team of fall 2020. For more information on how to apply, click on the link below.

Join mist in the fall of 2020

Multiple project from KTHs Division of Geoinformatics have gained publicity

KTHs Division of Geoinformatics works with the science and technology for collection, management, visualization, analysis and presentation of geospatial data. Some of the divisions many project has gained publicity from The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) and made it to their top 100-list 2020 with the theme 'Highlighting research for sustainable development'. With this list IVA aims to highlight research with a connection to sustainability.  And one of the projects on this list is from the KTHs Division of Geoinformatics and uses Earth observation data for realtime monitoring of wildfires. More information on the project can be found below:

EO&AI4Wildfire: Earth Observation Big Data and AI for Near Real-Time Wildfire Monitoring
IVA - EO&AI4Wildfire

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
  • Mechanical integration and test
  • Thermal analysis and test
  • Functional testing and flight simulations
  • Attitude control
  • Ground station design, integration and test
  • Mission planning

C, C#, and Python coding skills are useful in “Attitude control” and “Functional test-ing”. “Hands-on” experience in electronics and mechanical work welcome. For more information on how to apply, visit the link below:
Information on how to apply for MIST!

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 .


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