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 13 June 2022, 12:45 CET (on campus, lecture room TBC)

Observing, measuring and mapping the Moon and Mars, using remote sensing methods. by Dr. Sandra Boazman (ESA-ESTEC)

Recent missions to the Moon and to Mars have provided in-situ and orbital images and datasets, allowing us to view these planetary bodies in unprecedented detail. Surface features can be identified using high resolution images of planetary bodies and these surface features are somewhat similar to features on Earth, allowing comparisons to be made about the environments present. One such feature that we can monitor with remote sensing methods on Mars, are sand dunes. Monitoring the migration rates of sand dunes on Mars allow us to understand more about the environment surrounding dune fields, including how the topography effects wind regimes and ultimately the migration of the dunes. Investigating surface features on planetary bodies using remote sensing methods is also important for analysing future landing sites. Currently there is renewed interest in the south polar region of the Moon, due to multiple missions targeting the south polar region, therefore understanding the surface features present is of importance, in particular features such as boulders and craters, which may be a hazard for a future mission. With many upcoming missions to the Moon, Mars and other planetary bodies within the solar system there is the opportunity for continued scientific exploration with remote sensing methods.

Upcoming colloquia

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

  • Dr. Sarah Boazman, Observing, measuring and mapping the Moon and Mars, using remote sensing methods. ESA-ESTEC research fellow13 June
  • Nicholas Crisp, The DISCOVERER project and the SOAR satellite. University of Manchester – 4 July

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