Royal Institute of Technology, KTH

 

 KTH is responsible for one third of Sweden’s capacity for technical research and is the country’s largest organizer of technical/engineering education at university level. KTH is organized into ten Schools, each covering a major field of engineering science. There are 13400 undergraduate students, nearly 2000 active PhD students and 4900 employees. In 2014, KTH Space Center has been initiated to promote the space activities and cross-disciplinary work at KTH.

The division of Space and Plasma Physics (SPP) at the School of Electrical Engineering has its primary area of expertise in the measurement of electric and magnetic fields in space, data interpretation and modeling of ionospheric and magnetospheric processes. The SPP division has a strong profile in experimental space plasma physics, playing a lead role in Swedish national space programme with multiple sounding rockets, and satellites such as Viking, Freja, Astrid-2, leading to Odin, PRISMA, as well as actively participating in large international projects by ESA, NASA, and JAXA, such as Cluster, SMART-1, Cassini, Rosetta, and upcoming BepiColombo and MMS.

The division of Mechanics and Biomechanics (MB) of the Department of Mechanics at the School of Engineering Science has extensive experience in the analysis and testing of innovative deployable structures for current and future sounding rocket and space missions, e.g. Qinetic's STRV satellites, ESA large deployable antenna initiative, Ariadna studies for ESA Advanced Concepts Team. The primary area of expertise of the group is in modelling and analysis of highly non-linear dynamics behaviour of structures.

KTH plays a tripple role in the project. KTH is the leader of the project, ensuring the management of the project and coordination of technical work. KTH is involved in all work packages of the project. KTH Mechanics group contributes with expertise to the deployable boom development, working here together with Kayser Italia. The theory and modelling expertise on the composite materials that KTH possesses is important for success of the project. KTH space and plasma physics group will contribute with the expertise in magnetic field measurements and electromagnetic cleanliness, working here closely with LEMI and BLE. While the SME partners stand for the know-how and technical solution development, the KTH will work with the general directions of the experiment and solid theoretical ground, and ensuring the scientific return of the mission and its potential for future work. KTH SPP Group is also involved in the Star Tracker development.