Delft planetary labsThe Delft Planetary Labs (DPL) offers a coherent framework for research facilities that are centered on applications in planetary science. DPL is a ‘distributed lab’ consisting of lab facilities tailored to various research strategies that focus on studying properties of asteroids, planets and (icy) moons. All these facilities have in common that planetary properties and processes are studied using an ‘analogue approach’, i.e. by recreating conditions found on other planets, through lab environments, use of analogue materials or field (i.e. landscape) analogues. This approach offers excellent crosslinking of labs with each other and with other topics within department; they can provide observables, help test instruments and offer validation for in silico (modelling) studies. The following facilities below are part of the DPL: A pressure chamber for laboratory experiments, a drone for surveying planetary field analogues (Planetary Flight Office) and an Optics Lab.
Ground station for TU Delft cubesatsThe roof of the EWI building hosts a multi-band satellite ground station that is the result of a cooperation between TU Delft, the Delft Space Institute, and ISIS – Innovative Solutions in Space. The radio equipment is used daily for satellite communication, from VHF to S-band, to control and download data from all the spacecraft built and operated by TU Delft and ISIS.
Networks of continuously operating GPS receivers
Our groups owns GNSS receivers which are used for both continuous and campaign GPS/GLONASS/Galileo measurements in cooperation with governmental agencies and universities in Europe and South-East Asia.