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Compared to its size, Denmark has a strong presence among the space faring nations. From design and delivery of spacecraft components through universities and private companies, to the first Danish astronaut Andreas Mogensen, who flew on the International Space Station in 2015. Danish involvement in space travel is boosted by its role as a founding member of the European Space Agency (ESA). It is our hope that Denmark’s commitment to space and space exploration may be strengthened further, allowing for further opportunities for the Danish space industry, as well as increasing the public awareness of space, and desire for adventures into the unknown.

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Denmark has been part of several space missions to date, some of which are mentioned below:

Mars rovers – The successful landing of the Curiosity rover on Mars in 2012 is a milestone in space exploration. With the stated goal of determining if Mars ever held life, and studying the climate and geology of the planet, the rover has proved its worth many times over. The University of Copenhagen delivered the color-correction target attached to the rover, and has been working with NASA during rover operations. The successful delivery of this component opened the doors for further Danish commitment to Mars, and the upcoming Mars 2020 rover mission will again be using color calibration targets designed at the University of Copenhagen. Further, The Technical University of Denmark will be delivering cameras to the Mars 2020 mission, allowing great precision for geological sampling.

DTU Space – DTU Space is a department at the Technical University of Denmark. With 135 researchers and 270 students, DTU Space is the largest center of space exploration expertise in the country. In addition to the design of cameras for the Mars 2020 mission, DTU Space has delivered tracking and navigation equipment to a great range of spacecraft, and has participated in over 100 space missions. The stated goals of DTU Space is Observation of Earth from space, Exploration of the universe, and development of technology and measurement equipment.

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Danish companies involved in space travel

  • GomSpace – Statement: We believe nanosatellites should be put to work delivering revenue and/or mission critical services for their owners, and we can deliver the – often complex – projects that enable our customers to do this.
  • Terma – Terma is among the most experienced European providers of mission-critical products, software, and services for space missions.