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LDE Space Day

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Aula congrescentrum, Mekelweg 5, 2628 CC Delft
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Welcome at the LDE Space Day, a joint initiative of Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Universities, in collaboration with NL Space Campus, ESA ESTEC and many other partners from the space industry. With a program packed full with theme sessions, presentations and lots of opportunities to meet your peers, the LDE Space Day is the place to be for everyone in space research and industry. 

Professionals, like scientists, researchers, developers and representatives of the space industry as well as governemental organisations, are invited to join the full day program. Discover Your Space, a special event for students, organised by NVR, SpaceNed, SGAC and VSV ‘Leonardo da Vinci’, will take place in the evening. Both are located at the Auditorium, at the TU Delft campus. 

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Programme of the LDE Space Day

9:30 – 10:00       Registration and coffee
10:00 – 10:05     Welcome and opening
10:05 – 10:45     ESA Key Note presentation on the challenges of working together with different disciplines
10:45 – 11:15     Coffee break
11:15 – 12:45     Theme sessions part 1 (See session descriptions below)
12:45 – 14:00     Lunch break with PhD posters
14:00 – 15:30     Theme sessions part 2 (See session descriptions below)
15:30 – 16:00     Coffee Break
16:00 – 16:55     Panel discussion LDE 10 years
16:55                  Close out
17:00 – 18:30     Networking drinks with company stands

Discover your Space: The program continues in the evening with the annual Discover Your Space networking event.

Please find below more information about the themes and workshops below.


Theme Sessions

Topic theme sessions round 1 (11:15 to 12:45):

  • Climate Space NL
  • G4AW – Space for sustainable Agriculture
  • Space Robotics – What to do with a swarm of rovers
  • CURIOSITY SERIES: Solaris – Space-Based Solar Power feasibility

Topics theme sessions round 2 (14:00 to 15:30)

  • Space Traffic Management
  • Space & Society: Engaging the Public
  • Phi-Lab: Accelerating transformational innovations
  • CURIOSITY SERIES: Digital Twinning of Earth II


Climate Space NL:

More information will follow shortly

G4AW – Space for sustainable development

In 2015 the 2030 agenda for sustainable development was adopted by all United Nations member states.  The agenda is centred around 17 goals with three pillars: environment, society, and the economy. Space is a key resource that not only helps us monitor the progress made towards the goals, but can also actively contribute to achieving them. In this workshop you will get a short introduction to what sustainable development is, and then explore how space contributes. We will share real examples from both the Netherlands and abroad ranging from space for Zero Hunger (SDG2) to Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG11) to Clean Energy (SDG7) to Protect the Planet (SDG13).”

Session lead: Joanna Ruiter and Coco Antonissen - NSO

Interesting for: agriculture, biologist, chemists, climate experts, (space) instrument developers, mission planners, Earth Observation specialists, Business

Space Robotics: What to do with a swarm of rovers?

The TU Delft Lunar Zebro team has developed simple micro Lunar Rovers ready and capable to swarm on the Moon, Mars but also on Earth.

The question now is: what shall we do with it? Join this session to bring in your expertise and discuss the possibilities. During the session, answer to the following questions among others will be searched for:

  • How can lunar astronauts use a swarm of rovers and for what type of missions? How would they interact with and use such a system?
  • What science mission, astronomy, planetary science or other, can we do with a swarm of lunar zebros?
  • What is Artificial Intelligence in the context of a swarm of rovers? How would it look like and function?
  • What can we do with swarms of rovers on Earth?

Let us know your ideas!

Session Leads: Chris Verhoeven, Marnix Verkammen & Lunar Zebro team

Interesting for: Space Engineers, Robotic Engineers, Scientist, Planetary Scientists, Astronomers, AI experts, data analytics

Space Traffic Management: Sustainable future of LEO

The increase of satellites in Low Earth Orbit with the launch of non-manoeuvrable small satellites and mega constellations, like Starlink, has accelerated the discussion on Space Traffic Management. The “contested, congested, and competitive” environment in LEO poses a higher risk of orbital collisions, threatens accessibility to outer space and interferes with the clear night sky and the observations of astronomers.

The International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) defines Space Traffic Management as the set of technical and regulatory provisions for promoting safe access into outer space, operations in outer space and return from outer space free from physical or radio-frequency interference. In this session we will discuss in subgroups several aspects that are relevant to Space Traffic Management, such as: 

  • Emergence of STM regimes around the world and recent developments in the EU
  • Legal aspects of STM: space situational awareness, space debris, on-orbit collisions, orbital manoeuvring capabilities
  • ‘Darkening satellites’: making LEO satellites less visible on Earth to improve observing the sky
  • Orbital debris mitigation and removal: required engineering, policies and business models

Session leadersTanja Masson-Zwaan & Dimitra Stefoudi

Interesting for: Space Law & Policy makers, Spacecraft Engineers, Space Propulsion Engineers, Astronomers, Space Business

Space & Society: Engaging the Public

Informing and engaging the public about space activities and their benefits for society is a vital task of the space community. Not only because it is important maintain public support for space activities but also to guarantee that the knowledge and technologies of space are appropriated by society.

In this session Pedro Russo will provide an overview of the ongoing research & development activities in societal engagement with space topics. The presentation will be followed with a discussion round to ask question and spark new ideas. 

Join this session if you want to learn about and exchange on ideas for public engagement.

Presenter: Pedro Russo – Leiden University - Observatory

Interesting for: all who are interested or active in space public outreach activities

Phi-Lab: Accelerating transformational innovations

ESA has started the Phi-Lab mission to accelerate innovation in the domain of Earth Observation.

The NL Space Campus is a possible site for  a Phi-Lab to bring people, academia and companies together to stimulate innovation with the innovation pipeline. The NL Space Campus Phi-lab application is targeting a subset on Earth observation themes and added Navigation and telecom topics as specialisation areas

Join this workshop session to discuss ideas and topics for innovation projects and activities at the NL Space Campus F-Lab programme utilizing the local academic and industrial expertise.

Session LeadRaoul Voeten & Niels Eldering

Interesting for: Researchers, Engineers, Scientists, Business, Companies, Innovators

The edition of the Curiosity Series will take place at the LDE Space Day, this time with two sessions:

Solaris: Feasibility of Space-Based Solar Power

ESA has proposed the SOLARIS programme to prepare for a possible decision on a full development programme for Space-Based Solar Power. In this Curiosity Series edition we will discuss and explore the various aspects of Space-Based Solar Power like:

  • Solar power for in space distribution or to ground as well?
  • For which applications would it be feasible?
  • What technical challenges need to be solved?
  • Under what conditions would Space-Based Solar Power be a viable Business Case?

After a introduction presentation there will be a moderated discussion to exchange ideas and information and determine possible topics for follow up and shared research activities.

Session Lead: will be announced shortly

Interesting for: Space Engineering, Solar Power experts, Space Law, Space Business, Energy sector

Digital Twinning of Earth part II

In this follow up session of the Curiosity Series – Digital Twinning of Earth that took place on June 9th, we will dive deeper into the challenges and gaps that are currently in place for creating Digital Twins to better understand Earth, its climate, biodiversity and nature. We invite researchers and scientists who are working on modelling (elements of) the Earth and its climate and Biosphere.

Session Lead: will be announced shortly

Interesting for: Data analysts, Climate Scientists/researchers, Policy makers