Colloquia in Astrodynamics and Planetary Science

Our research group is part of the section Astrodynamics & Space Missions and since 2021 we organise the ‘Colloquia in Astrodynamics and Planetary Science’ (CAPS) with an alternating schedule of internal and external speakers. These colloquia are currently organized online on Mondays and are accessible to TU Delft staff, PhD candidates and MSc students. If you are interested in attending a colloquium, please reach out to one of our organisers. The Local Organising Committee (CAPS-LOC) consists of Stephanie Cazaux, Bart Root, Christian Siemes, Wouter van der Wal and Sebastiaan de Vet. They are tasked with coordinating the sessions and the invitation of internal and external speakers.

Next colloquium: Monday 28 February 2022, 12:45 CET (Lecture room K and MS Teams (link via Brightspace)

Bepi Colombo. by Johannes Benkhoff (ESA-ESTEC)

BepiColombo is a joint project between ESA and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The Mission consists of two orbiters, the Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) and the Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO). The mission was launched with an ARIANE V October 2018 and will arrive at Mercury in the second half of 2025. From their dedicated orbits the two spacecrafts will be studying the planet and its environment. The MPO scientific payload comprises eleven instruments/instrument packages; the MMO scientific payload consists of five instruments/instrument packages. Together, the scientific payload of both spacecraft will perform measurements to find clues to the origin and evolution of a planet close to its parent star. The Nominal Science Mission of BepiColombo will cover 1 terrestrial year and be divided into 2 six-month phases, tentatively called the global mapping and target mapping phases. The latest status of the BepiColombo mission will be given with special emphasis on the scientific return from already more than 3 years in cruise and 4 planetary flyby’s.

Upcoming colloquia

Please note that some titles are still TBC, so for convenience listed below are the main topics of the confirmed talks.

  • TBD

Previous editions

  • Upgrade Cubesat Project. Dr. Joao Encarnacao, TU Delft.
  • Small missions to study interplanetary dust. Dr. Veerle Sterken, Zurich – 14 March
  • Bepi Colombo. Dr. Johannes Benkhoff, ESA-ESTEC. – 28 February 2022
  • Lonely Planets – direct imaging discoveries of gas giant exoplanets with the Young Suns Exoplanet Survey – Dr. Matthew Kenworthy – 24 January 2022
  • High-pressure/temperature experiments and applications to planetary science – Dr. Edgar Sikko Steenstra – 29 November
  • Key Technologies for the Subsurface Exploration of Ocean Worlds – Bernd Dachwald, Aachen University – 22nd of November
  • PLATO mission. Ana Heras, ESA. – 8 November 2021
  • Daedalus: a low-flying spacecraft for the in-situ exploration of the Lower Thermosphere – Ionosphere. Theodoros Sarris, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece. – 25 October 2021
  • Novel Research Opportunities Enabled by Wind-driven Mars Rover Swarms. by Julian Rothenbuchner, Team Tumbleweed. 13 September 2021, 21:30 CEST
  • Dealing with the asteroid impact threat. by Detlef Koschny, ESA-ESTEC. 28 June 2021, 12:30 CEST (in conjunction with Asteroid Day) download the presentation (pdf, 2.11 MB)
  • Next Generation Gravity Mission (NGGM): an overview on the history of the mission concept and on its enabling technology. by Luca Massotti, RHEA/ European Space Agency. 31 May 2021.
  • Formation processes of Martian gullies. Was liquid water involved? by Tjalling de Haas, Utrecht University (and Vening Meinesz prize laureate 2020/2021), 11 May, 12:30 CEST
  • Tidal Dynamics of Moons with Fluid Layers. From ice to lava worlds. by Marc Rovira-Navarro (TU Delft), Monday 12 April 2021
  • Using Space Geodetic data to Identity Fault Deformation Transients in the Neotectonic Framework of Central and North Sulawesi, Indonesia. – by Wim Simons and Nicolai Nijholt (TU Delft), 22 March 2021
  • Tracking down artifacts – on the GOCE mission and the final reprocessing. – by Christian Siemes (TU Delft), 8 March 2021
  • Holes in Space – Diamagnetic Cavities at Comets. – by Charlotte Götz, ESA-ESTEC, 22 February 2021
  • CUBESPEC: stellar spectroscopy on a CubeSat platform. – by Bart Vandenbussche, Leuven University, 8 February 2021.
  • Powering hydrothermal activities inside Enceladus and Europa. – by Gabriel Tobie, Laboratoire de Planétologie et Géodynamique, CNRS/Univ. Nantes, 25 January 2021