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Space Instrumentation

Welcome to the Space Instrumentation Discipline

We perform world-leading research into Space Science and Instrumentation. Our activities span basic research into Space Science, and the investigation and development of new technologies for use in space, to Space Projects, in which we develop flight hardware and provide support for many space missions both in development and operation. Our research is broken into three main themes; imaging sensor research, including space weather, the impact of defects of silicon and the design and characterisation of advanced sensors, mass spectroscopy and the development of new instrumentation techniques, and the development of spectroscopic and imaging techniques for planetary atmospheres.

We also are actively involved in the development of many space projects; with the current major missions of EuclidJUICE and Athena, whilst also providing hardware for CubeSats – some of the smallest spacecraft which push the boundaries of what is possible in space.  We actively promote collaboration between the university and industry, and look to exploit the outputs of our research programmes both in-collaboration with industry, and through creation of new ventures.

Professor Andrew Holland
Head of Space Instrumentation