DTU Space, National Space Institute, is Denmark’s national space institute. DTU Space is the only research organization in Denmark with the basic funding and mandate to carry out space research. Although space research is also conducted at other universities and organizations, these activities primarily rely on funding from research agencies and other external funding sources. Through national and international cooperation, DTU Space leverages its research capabilities to create new knowledge and technology of value for Danish research infrastructure, industry, and society at large. DTU Space’s scientific competences further give it the ability to provide qualified advice to national and international agencies and organizations, and also forms the basis for educating researchers and engineers in both basic and specialized disciplines.
DTU Space’s mission is to create and expand knowledge about Earth and space physics as well as related space technologies in order to Foster scientific results within Earth and space physics of a high international standard, Provide space-related technological research of a high international standard. Increase student motivation to enter technical and scientific disciplines. Create attractive educational opportunities for the next generation of scientists and engineers. Offer added value, growth and synergies in the high-tech end of Danish industry and business through the exchange of knowledge and technology. Offer research-based consultancy to agencies and authorities regarding space science and technology, the environment, climate, geographic infrastructure, transport and security in Denmark.
The common denominator in DTU Space’s research activities is the application of satellites for studying Earth and space physics and the development of systems, methods and instruments, which support these activities. DTU Space is characterized by a close-knit interplay between engineering disciplines and natural science. The scientific challenges require development of new technologies, and the technological research opens up new scientific opportunities. The combination of the technical and scientific competencies enables DTU Space to deliver unique end-to-end solutions within selected areas, i.e., to both develop the necessary instrumentation and process the collected data to scientific results.
DTU Space uses space as a base for research and technology development in order to learn more about the Universe and Earth, to study climate and environment on Earth and create results and technologies that benefit society. Its primary areas of research was astrophysics and solar system physics. A great deal of the research was concentrated on X-ray coming from astronomical objects. DRI have had X-ray equipment on board the Russian Satellite Granat and the European EURECA satellite. The now concluded Danish Small Satellite Program, which resulted in the afore mentioned Oersted satellite, was headed by DRI. The DRI space missions were supervised by the Danish Space Board.