NLR has a 40 year track record in the development of space technology, including small satellites and (reusable) launchers. In addition NLR has put significant effort in developing space applications and associated ground segment. NLR participates in global (NASA, JAXA), European (ESA, EDA, EC) and national projects (Netherlands Space Office, Ministries).
The objective of NLR’s space technology development is to increase the technology readiness level to support industry in improving its competitiveness, while at the same time maintaining a solid knowledge base for future space innovations. The objective for space applications and associated ground segment is to stimulate and promote operational and commercial use of the space infrastructure. Application areas include geomatics, air traffic management and defence & security.
The role of NLR in space projects is linked to European space ambitions, and is in line with Dutch government policies for industry, transport, environment, defence and security. NLR supports the entire RDT&E chain, ranging from requirements specification to qualification and certification. Examples of distinctive areas of NLR expertise are two-phase thermal control, hypersonic aerothermodynamics and on-board data processing.
NLR also makes available its knowledge and expertise to governmental agencies in support of policy making.