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.

Seminar - Space Tribology

Our next monthly seminar is about Space Tribology, and the topic will be presented by Román de la Presilla on 1st of June! This talk will introduce tribology: the science of friction, wear, and lubrication; and how the conditions of space affect it. Covering the different lubrication regimes that occur within common space mechanisms, a general overview of aerospace lubricants, coatings, testing levels, and a selection of case studies that have clear lessons embedded within.

Time: 15:15-16:00

Location: Lecture Hall E3 (Osquars backe 14, KTH) and online on zoom kth-se.zoom.us/j/61902640478

Read more about the lecture below:

Although space-related technology might appear outlandish at first sight, ball bearings, gears, leadscrews, hinges, actuators, and many other ubiquitous mechanical components are crucial for the successful operation of all forms of space-faring equipment. Ensuring the lifetime and reliability of these systems poses a unique scientific and engineering challenge. The eventual inability to deploy solar panels, point or deploy antennas, stabilize the spacecraft or control its attitude, or premature failure of mission-specific onboard equipment can completely, or at least partially, negate a mission of immense cost. Tribological failures in these systems are not uncommon. Yet, commercial satellite launches still occur every year, and space agencies and the private sector are displaying growing coordination in targeting a sustained human presence on the moon and increasingly challenging missions within the next decade. Our reliance on these technologies for space exploration, communications, weather studies, and numerous other endeavors is implicitly a reliance on the tribological performance of these underlying mechanical systems.

Apply now for a chance to win the prize for the best final degree project in 2021

You can now apply for the prize for best final degree project in advanced and basic level. The last date for appliction is the 25 May 2022 at 23:59 for projects done in 2021 and the winner will be announced at the end of May.

You can read more about how to apply with your thesis work at the application form here

The application is also already open for projects done in 2022, which will close in the beginning of 2023!

More space technology at KTH

Space technology is literally speeding ahead in the world and it is important for Swedish schools to keep up with developments. KTH wants to support teachers in keeping up with developments and can demonstrate practical space technology, how it works, and how environmentally friendly it really is. This autumn, KTH is launching two new courses for teachers in primary and secondary schools. They will be conducted online to enable teachers from all over the country to participate.

Read more about the courses in this article: More space technology at KTH

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.

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

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

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