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PACE climate satellite releases first images

Dutch instrument SPEXone reaches First Light milestone NASA’s PACE climate satellite, with onboard the Dutch instrument SPEXone, has reached the First Light milestone. The world now has access to satellite images distinguishing types and sizes of aerosols. SPEXone also measures the extent to which aerosols absorb and reflect sunlight. This allows scientists to reduce uncertainties […]



NASA launches climate satellite with Dutch aerosol instrument

NASA’s climate satellite PACE was successfully launched from Cape Canaveral in the early morning of February 8th. PACE will perform measurements on aerosols, plankton and ocean color. Aerosols are a large unknown factor in climate models. The Dutch instrument SPEXone will change this through measurements of aerosols in the atmosphere. SPEXone was built by SRON […]



A World of Possibilities: introducing the Skyline S2 Laser Communication Terminal for HAPS platforms

In October of 2023, at the International Conference on Space Optical Systems and Applications (ICSOS), Remco van den Breeje presented the Skyline S2 Laser Communication Terminal (LCT) to the world for the first time along with a paper on the development of the product. Skyline S2- a collaborative development by Airbus NL, VDL and TNO […]



Airbus and Delft University of Technology enter five-year partnership agreement to advance talent and technology

  Airbus and Delft University of Technology have signed a strategic partnership agreement to advance talent and technology. The five-year pact involves collaboration on topics such as curricula development, continuous training, recruitment, inclusion and diversity, entrepreneurship education for students, sustainability, technology and innovation. Through joint research activities, in particular PhD projects, the partnership provides Airbus […]



Dutch aerosol instrument SPEXone mounted on NASA’s climate satellite

Over the past few weeks, a group of engineers from SRON, Airbus Netherlands and NASA has been working on installing the Dutch aerosol instrument SPEXone on NASA’s PACE satellite. PACE will conduct measurements on oceans and aerosols to study for example the influence of particulates on the climate. It is scheduled for launch in 2024. […]



Realistic air combat training for Korean Hawk

Final delivery of embedded training application for fighter aircraft KF-21 Leiden, 25 June 2021 – Royal NLR and Airbus Netherlands have delivered the final software package for the Embedded Combat Training System to LIG Nex1 for integration in the new Korean fighter aircraft KF-21 Boramae. The delivery completes the Embedded Training application, which enables the […]



Sparkwing solar panels selected to power Aerospacelab’s first Very High Resolution satellite

Leiden, March 31, 2021 – By selecting Sparkwing for their first Very High Resolution (VHR) mission, the Belgian space company Aerospacelab is the launching customer for the novel off-the-shelf solar panels. The satellite is a first step towards Aerospacelab’s VHR constellation and will be equipped with two standardised and readily available Sparkwing solar arrays to […]



Rob Postma new CEO of Airbus Netherlands

Leiden, 9 February 2021 – Rob Postma is appointed Chief Executive Officer of Airbus Netherlands BV, effective 9 February. In this capacity, he will be responsible for the operational management of the Leiden-based space company. Read the press release.



Swedish Space Corporation and Airbus Netherlands to Collaborate in Optical Communication

Leiden, January 21st 2021 – Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) and Airbus Netherlands (Airbus DS NL) have signed a memorandum of understanding for collaborative activities regarding ground equipment for space-to-ground optical communication. The agreement will accelerate the development of commercially viable optical ground stations that will be offered by Airbus DS NL and used by SSC […]



TNO & Airbus NL sign MoU to bring terabit Optical Ground Station (OGS) to market

Leiden, 4 December 2020 – TNO and Airbus Netherlands (Airbus DS NL) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). It confirms their commitment to work together to commercialise the ground-breaking Terabit Optical Communication Adaptive Terminal (TOmCAT) technology that will enable high-throughput laser communication between ground stations and satellites. By offering broadband connectivity via space, TOmCAT […]