SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research
Our mission is to make breakthroughs in international space research. We develop pioneering technology and advanced space instruments. We use these to pursue fundamental astrophysical research, Earth science and exoplanetary research.
Our vision is to always be at the international forefront in search for answers to some of the most fundamental existential and societal questions of mankind: What is the origin of the universe and what is it made of? Is there life elsewhere in the universe? What is the future of the Earth’s climate? What are the atmospheric processes that govern changes in the Earth’s climate and air quality. What role does human activity play?
Our strategy is to develop science cases, key enabling technologies, prototypes and demonstrators, space-qualified instrumentation, and data-analysis tools, that will define the next generation of space missions. With this we can lead major contributions to answering the fundamental questions of our time.
Since SRON’s foundation by university groups in the early 1960s, we have provided key contributions to instruments of missions of ESA, NASA, and JAXA, often in a leading role. This has enabled national and international space-research communities to explore the universe and to investigate the Earth’s atmosphere and climate.
Being the Dutch national expertise institute for scientific space research, we advise the Dutch government on, and coordinate national contributions to international space missions. We stimulate collaboration between the science community, technological institutes, and industry.
We are wondering…
- What is the origin of the universe and what is it made of?
- Is there life elsewhere in the universe?
- What is the future of the Earth’s climate?
- What are the atmospheric processes that govern changes in the Earth’s climate and air quality.
- What role does human activity play?
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People & Projects
TROPOMI, our Carbon-Monitoring Eye in the Sky
To combat global warming, we need to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. Carbon dioxide and...
Making a Mark in Outer Space
The polymath John Ruskin said, “Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of...
The instrument maker and the quality controller
"If it flies, it has to be 100% good", says research instrument maker and assembler of flight...
‘Deeper insight into the world through light’
"That spectra, captured by a satellite, can give a deeper insight into reality than we can see...
Lorenza Ferrari finds work-life balance and fulfills ambitions
"I am happy to work at SRON, as I think the organization allows you to find a good balance between...
Teamworking towards next generation telescopes
Watch as Kenichiro Nagayoshi and Marcel Ridder and their colleagues make detectors for the Athena...
Working as an instrument maker for space research
Take a look at our mechanical workshop in Groningen. Jarno Panman has been a precision instrument...
‘You can stay involved from start to launch’
"The reason I came to work at SRON is that I was looking for a job in which I can remain involved...
The latest news about our space research
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