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PRODEX-støtte 2020

Otte fremragende projektforslag til udvikling eller drift af instrumenter eller software, der bidrager til dansk rumforskning, har fået tildelt i alt 18,1 mio. DKK fra ESA programmet PRODEX.
Thommy Ingemann Larsen
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Email: til@ufm.dk

ATHENA- Danish activities for the Phase-B2 - Development and manufacturing of Engineering Model of the WFI AIB HW/SW

Projektansvarlig: Irfan Kuvvetli, DTU Space
Samarbejdspartnere: WFI konsortium

Athena (Advanced Telescope for High-ENergy Astrophysics) is a mission within the ESA Science programme. It will address the ”Hot and Energetic Universe” Science theme in the ESA Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 strategic plan. Athena will try to answer two key astrophysical questions:

  • How does ordinary matter assemble into the large-scale structures we see today?
  • How do black holes grow and shape the Universe?

Athena is a ”L-class” mission that constitute the flagship missions of the science program with regards to state-of-the-art science, new technology and budget!

The Athena payload comprises two key instruments: The X-ray Integral Field Unit (X-IFU and the Wide Field Imager (WFI).

DTU Space is part of the WFI consortium. The PRODEX funding will be used to develop, manufacture and test an Engineering Model (EM) of an electronic unit, called the AIB that manages the WFI instrument housekeeping data (data to show the status and well-being of the instrument). Further, it is responsible for thermal control of the detectors, reading the position sensors and positioning the Filter Wheel Subsystem.

OASIS: Venus Planet Simulator

Projektansvarlig: João Mendonca, software-oasis.com (med link), DTU Space
Samarbejdspartnere: Københavns Universitet (Sektion for geobiologi og mineraler), Oxford University (Department of Physics)

EnVision is an ESA Science mission to Venus that will explore the deep extreme conditions of the Venus environment. It will be an essential mission to understand, for example, the interplay between the planet’s volcanic activity and the planet’s climate. The mission also seeks to unveil why the environment of the most Earth-like planet in our Solar System, Venus, diverged so distinctly from the Earth climate.

The PRODEX funded project propose to develop new software to explore the Venus climate history and to identify the best techniques to optimise the retrieval of information from future EnVision observations. As concrete examples, the software will be able to:

  • Predict the expected signatures of volcanism (e.g. size of a volcanic plume) in Venus and their observability using EnVision;
  • Identify regions on the surface of Venus that are more susceptible to dune formation and guide EnVision observations to find these dunes
  • Identify atmospheric compositional trends that EnVision can observe to constrain the still unknown early evolution of the Venus climate.

STars and ExoPlanets / STEP

Projektansvarlig: Hans Kjeldsen, Aarhus Universitet
Samarbejdspartnere: DTU Space, Syddansk Universitet, Københavns Universitet, Aalborg Universitet, Danmarks Nationale Metrologiinstitut, Terma Space, Space Inventor, GomSpace, SatLab, GateHouse Group

STEP is a small Danish space mission that covers scientific research, technical development and industry collaboration at several universities. The missions is embedded in the Science and Space Technology partnership as well. Among the basic satellite components, STEP will carry a 20-cm telescope and a sensitive spectrograph covering the near UV and visible light. The mission will collect multi-wavelength time-series data related to stars and exoplanets. These data are crucial to ensure follow-up support for large ESA and NASA space missions.

The PRODEX funding will be used to define and initiate the first phases of the mission.

STEP-STONE - An Astrophysical Simulator for realistic data of Exoplanets
and Stars for the Danish STEP satellite mission

Projektansvarlig: Victoria Antoci, DTU Space
Samarbejdspartnere: Aarhus Universitet (Afdeling for Fysik og Astronomi), Aalborg Universitet (Institut for Elektroniske Systemer)

The aim of this project is to build an astrophysical simulator - STEP-STONE (STEP - Simulator Towards Oscillations aNd Exoplanets)- that will assist the future Danish space mission STEP (STars and ExoPlanets). Specifically, STEP-STONE will generate realistic multi-wavelengths light curves of transiting exoplanets around variable stars that will include the limitations and noise sources dictated by the instrument. STEP is a Danish satellite mission in planning that will measure transiting exoplanets and their variable host stars for long periods of time.

A feasibility study of “Top of Thunderstorms Experiment Module – TOTEM

Projektansvarlig: Torsten Neubert, DTU Space
Samarbejdspartnere: Københavns Universitet (Niels Bohr Instituttet), Danmarks Meteorologiske Institut, Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (Spanien), Istituto di Scienza dell’Atmosfera e del Clima (Italien), DLR (Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Tyskland), National Meteorological Administration (Rumænien), Laboratoire de Physique et Chimie de l’Environnement et de l’Espace (Frankrig), Thunderbolt Global Analytics (USA)

A study that identifies tasks, costs and programmatics associated with implementation on the ISS of a copy of the ASIM nadir optical module, modified for mounting in a limb-viewing geometry. The module, TOTEM, will allow for altitude resolution of thunderstorm cloud structure and electrical activity in the upper regions of the clouds and the atmosphere above, for use in climate studies and validation of MTG/LI lightning data products.

Seamless Integration of Sentinel-3 Albedos in a Weather-modelling System – SISAWS

Projektansvarlig: Jason Box, GEUS
Samarbejdspartnere: Danmarks Meteorologiske Institut

The project takes a major step in improving the accuracy of cryospheric weather forecasts by connecting an albedo (relative reflection) retrieval software toolchain to a state of the art weather-modeling system. Surface albedo modulates sunlight absorption, the primary energy source for snow and ice melt. Developed in the project is software for near-realtime integration of EU Copernicus Sentinel-3A/B satellite albedo observations in the HARMONIE weather-modelling system to improve weather, water resource and hazards forecasting skill.

j u Lunar Imaging Earthshine Telescope – juLIET

Projektansvarlig: René Fleron, DTU Space
Samarbejdspartnere: Forskningsanvarlig Peter Thejl, Danmarks Meteorologiske Institut

The energy balance of Earth is an important parameter in climate models. This balance depends strongly on the Earth's reflectance - or albedo – and can be determined by observations of incoming and outgoing short-wave radiation at the top of the atmosphere. By measuring the ratio of light intensities of the Earth-illuminated (dark) and Sun-illuminated (bright) sides of the Moon the juLIET instrument aims at establishing an accurate albedo value of Earth. These measurements are presently not as precise as needed, when they are to be included as a vital parameter of climate models.

The juLIET instrument proposed here will be built to fly as pilot demonstrator and primary payload on-board the ROMEO satellite. The ROMEO satellite is a small class satellite (60 kg) built by the Institute of Space Systems (IRS), University of Stuttgart. The ROMEO satellite is scheduled for launch ultimo 2024.

Operational and Calibration Support for INTEGRAL/JEM-X

Projektansvarlig: Søren Brandt, DTU Space
Samarbejdspartnere: INTEGRAL Science Data Centre på University of Geneva (Schweiz), INTEGRAL Science Operations Centre på ESAC (European Space Astronomy Centre, Spanien)

The ESA Science INTErnational Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Laboratory (INTEGRAL) is currently flying as an observatory satellite open to the high energy astronomical community at large. The satellite was launched in October 2002 but is still fully operational.

Denmark is provider of JEM-X, one of the four main instruments of ESA’s INTEGRAL satellite, whose continuation of science operations is currently foreseen until at least December 31, 2022. The PRODEX funding will be used for INTEGRAL/JEM-X operational support, instrument calibration, software maintenance and development during the coming two years.

Senest opdateret 11. februar 2021