Making a Mark in Outer Space

Making a Mark in Outer Space

The polymath John Ruskin said, “Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort.” The scientists at the Netherlands Institute for Space Research (SRON) would agree. They know that high quality is vital for excellence and value the support...
The instrument maker and the quality controller

The instrument maker and the quality controller

“If it flies, it has to be 100% good”, says research instrument maker and assembler of flight hardware Sander van Loon. He has been making hardware for use in space at SRON since 2011. “That’s unique, that’s how I live my instrument...
‘Deeper insight into the world through light’

‘Deeper insight into the world through light’

“That spectra, captured by a satellite, can give a deeper insight into reality than we can see with the eye. Isn’t that fascinating? I continue to find it incredibly exciting”. Jochen Landgraf is senior scientist at SRON and lead scientist of the...
Lorenza Ferrari finds work-life balance and fulfills ambitions

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 work and family. I can easily arrange the day off with my manager if I need some extra time with the kids, just as long as I manage to do the job I am supposed to...

Teamworking towards next generation telescopes

Watch as Kenichiro Nagayoshi and Marcel Ridder and their colleagues make detectors for the Athena X-ray telescope. In 2031, ESA launches its new X-ray telescope Athena. SRON plays a major role in building one of the two instruments, the X-IFU spectrometer, by...