Measurement and Instrumentation Systems


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

Contact information

Kgs. Lyngby
  • Phone: (+45) 4525 2525
  • Fax: (+45) 4588 7133
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  • Geophysical Research Letters

    ISSNs: 0094-8276

    Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1944-8007

    Wiley-Blackwell, United States

    BFI (2019): BFI-level 1, Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 4.89 SJR 2.657 SNIP 1.495, Web of Science (2019): Indexed yes, ISI indexed (2013): ISI indexed yes

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  • Space Science Reviews

    ISSNs: 0038-6308

    Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1572-9672

    Springer Netherlands, Netherlands

    BFI (2019): BFI-level 1, Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 7.49 SJR 3.541 SNIP 2.612, Web of Science (2019): Indexed yes, ISI indexed (2013): ISI indexed yes

    Central database


  • Acta Astronautica

    ISSNs: 0094-5765

    Pergamon Press, United Kingdom

    BFI (2019): BFI-level 1, Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 2.99 SJR 0.907 SNIP 1.694, Web of Science (2019): Indexed yes, ISI indexed (2013): ISI indexed yes

    Central database


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