SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research
Mission and strategy
SRON’s mission is to bring about breakthroughs in international space research. Therefore the institute develops pioneering technology and advanced space instruments, and uses them to pursue fundamental astrophysical research, Earth science and exoplanetary research. As national expertise institute SRON gives counsel to the Dutch government and coordinates – from a science standpoint – national contributions to international space missions. SRON stimulates the implementation of space science in our society. The selection of these research disciplines is based on choices made on the basis of instrumental expertise built up and on the ambition to act as Principal Investigator (PI) in a few preselected science areas. SRON is a part of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).
Science and technology
The institute has about 200 staff who are employed at a support department and five divisions: high-energy astrophysics, low-energy astrophysics, Earth observation, sensor development and engineering. Together they form a unique melting pot of top scientists and technologists who inspire each other to perform at their absolute best. Problems faced by scientists challenge sensor developers to construct increasingly more sensitive technology. Together with mechanical and electronic engineers they ultimately develop a scientific space instrument with an exceptional level of performance under the extreme conditions of space. The scientific breakthroughs made with such devices in turn inspire new research and new technology. This approach has enabled SRON to develop into a national expertise institute of global repute.
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