Measurement and Instrumentation Systems

  • Elektrovej, 327

    DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby


Organization profile

Organisation profile

Head of division: John Leif Jørgensen

Main research areas: Development of concepts, designs, implementations and verifications of the advanced high performance instruments for use on board spacecraft.

The Measurement and Instrumentation division develops high accuracy stellar reference units for spacecraft and science grade vector magnetometers for space and ground use. The division also works on optical detection and tracking sensors for space.

The division also develops optical formation flying sensors and autonomous sensor systems. These systems are refinded by calibration techniques enabling full accuracy use. This calibaration is done by the Measurement and Instrumentation division.  

Research plan

  • Implementation of formation flying test lab and associated methods and techniques.
  • Inertial navigation techniques.
  • Sub-arcsecond techniques.
  • Interplanetary and planetary stellar magnetic measurement platforms
  • Planetary lander systems and autonomy


Applications of the technology

In parallel to these general instrument improvements, other applications and technology uses have been pursued. This research has led to several novel measurement principles, which encompass multi-sensor-head star trackers for improved maneuverability, sub-arcsecond accuracy instruments, astronomical telescope field determination, miniature magnetometer packages for planetary landers, autonomous radiation impact handling and guider and rendezvous docking systems.

  • European Space Agency missions: SWARM , PROBA1, PROBA2, SMART1
  • NASA missions: IBEX, MMS, JUNO
  • The Swedish National Space Board missions: PRISMA
  • JAXA missions: SmartSat

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Research Output 1995 2020

Solution for wireless time synchronization using sub-Nyquist sampling rates

Christensen, L. & Merayo, J. M. G., 2020, In : Measurement Science and Technology. 31, 5, 7 p., 055001.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Acceleration of Multi MeV Particles on Open Field Lines as Observed From Juno

Jørgensen, P. S., Jørgensen, J. L., Merayo, J. M. G., Benn, M., Herceg, M., Denver, T., Mauk, B., Connerney, J. E. P., Bolton, S. J. & Levin, S., 2019. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference abstract for conferenceResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Projects 2012 2017

Activities 2007 2019

  • 22 Conference presentations
  • 1 Other
  • 1 Visiting another research institution

Results of the radiation monitoring and the implications for the associated drift shells

John Leif Jørgensen (Invited speaker), Matija Herceg (Invited speaker), Peter Siegbjørn Jørgensen (Guest lecturer), José M.G. Merayo (Guest lecturer)
16 Sep 201920 Sep 2019

Activity: Talks and presentationsConference presentations


Solidity and performance of the thermal model and its future ramifications

Matija Herceg (Guest lecturer), John Leif Jørgensen (Guest lecturer), Peter Siegbjørn Jørgensen (Guest lecturer)
16 Sep 201920 Sep 2019

Activity: Talks and presentationsConference presentations


Juno Earth Flyby: presented during 'Kulturnatten' at the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education

Mathias Benn (Invited speaker)
9 Oct 2015

Activity: Talks and presentationsConference presentations


E-gruppens 100 års jubilæum og uddeling af E-priser

Jonas Bækby Bjarnø (Recipient), 16 Apr 2012

Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

NASA Group Achievement Award

Matija Herceg (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

NASA Group Achievement Award: Juno Earth Flyby ASC Earth-Moon Movie Development

Alessandro Salvatore Massaro (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

Press / Media

Føroyskur verkfrødingur í nasa verkætlan

David Arge Klevang Pedersen


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Gódan Morgun Føroyar

David Arge Klevang Pedersen


1 Media contribution

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