Aalborg University

Aalborg University

AAU Space Center is a research group organized under the research section for Automation and Control under the Department of Electronic Systems, Aalborg University. AAU Space Center performs research on space technology addressing the fields of attitude determination and control, fault detection and isolation, including fault tolerant control, ground station networks and satellite system engineering. The research is applied to single satellite missions as well as formation flying. AAU Space Center is headed by Jens Frederik Dalsgaard Nielsen being responsible for the AAUSAT CubeSat program since 2001 with 5 launches of CubeSats, the latest launch was in April 25, 2016 of AAUSAT4.

The Self-deployable Deorbiting Space Structure (SDSS) Research Group, Esbjerg, is a research group organized under the Division of Structures, Materials and Geotechnics under the Department of Civil Engineering, Aalborg University. The activities in this research group started in 2008 focusing on highly elastic flexible structures to be used for self-deployable space structures such as solar panels and drag based de-orbiting. The research group developed and launched a prototype of the SDSS technology in 2014. The research group is headed by Anders Schmidt Kristensen.

Associate Prof. Anders Schmidt Kristensen, Head of the SDSS Research Group, is leading AAU’s contribution to the TeSeR project, which is to design, develop and evaluate a prototype of a drag based semi-controlled spacecraft removal device. The research is supported by Associate Prof. Jens Frederik Dalsgaard Nielsen, PhD Fellow Jan Ánike Nikolajsen and PhD Fellow Peter Riddersholm Lauridsen.