The TU Delft participates with four faculties. The Geoscience and Remote Sensing department of the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences (CiTG) does research in Earth Observation using a number of techniques, with leading expertise in SAR and altimetry applications, mission analysis, and high-level system design.
The Microwave Sensing, Signals and Systems section of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, and Computer Science (EWI-MS3) at TUD performs theoretical and experimental research on fundamental and applied aspects of microwave systems for surveillance and remote sensing. MS3 has all needed expertise (in particular, on FMCW radar design and signal processing) and facilities to support the project.
The Department of Precision and Microsystems Engineering (PME) at the 3ME Faculty carries out research and provides education in the field of high-tech systems and scientific instrumentation. In this project, the department will leverage their expertise in precision engineering and mechatronics.
Finally, the project will be supported by the Aerospace Engineering faculty, in particular in aspects relating to distributed (multi-static) systems.
During nearly 40 years of experience on space-related activities TNO has gained an international reputation as a top developer for scientific space research instruments and sensors for satellites. Tens of orbiting satellites are equipped with on-board systems, developed, built and tested by TNO. Moreover, TNO has worked under ESA contracts in fields like satellite sensors & instruments dealing with Antennas, MIC and MMIC design as well as optical instruments, remote sensing and the ignition system for the Ariane HM-60 rocket motor, also in collaboration with large space system integrators (e.g. Airbus, Thales). In particular, the Radar Technology department has been working together with other Netherlands partners toward the development of an FMCW SAR in the frame of several national programs (TOFSAR, CoreSAR and PanelSAR).
Since the early 2000’s, NLR has been active in the field of on-board processing of SAR imagery using the PowerFFT chip from Eonic. In several PEP (Prekwalificatie ESAProgramma’s) and ESA GSTP projects, such as FFTECBAQ and LFCP, the technology has evolved to a space-qualified co-processor board. This has led to NLR being involved in the CoreSAR programme, later transformed into PanelSAR. Besides this specific hardware development, NLR has also worked on mission concepts using small satellites commissioned by the NL Ministry of Defense, including missions with RF payloads. A limited-power FMCW SAR could enable an affordable mission for the Netherlands with potential interest from countries like Norway.
Deltares is an independent institute for applied research in the field of water and subsurface. Throughout the world, we work on smart solutions, innovations and applications for people, environment and society. Our main focus is on deltas, coastal regions and river basins. Managing these densely populated and vulnerable areas is complex, which is why we work closely with governments, businesses, other research institutes and universities at home and abroad. Our motto is Enabling Delta Life. As an applied research institute, the success of Deltares can be measured in the extent to which our expert knowledge can be used in and for society. For Deltares the quality of our expertise and advice comes first.
Metasensing is a Dutch remote sensing company specialized in the development, implementation and operation of airborne radar systems, with a focus, but not limited to, SAR. Metasensing has flown numerous campaigns for different clients and applications, including a number of scientific campaigns for the European Space Agency.
Swartvast’s ‘mission’ is primarily stimulating the application in society of innovative technology, based on a thorough understanding of these techniques and a good feeling for people, their needs and their organisational environment. We help governmental agencies and companies determining their user requirements on geometrical geo-information (like height, depth, location and deformation) and the translation between end user work processes and technology. In this way, Swartvast tries to bridge the gap between technological supply and user demand. We specialize in geometrical remote sensing techniques like laser altimetry (LiDAR) and radar interferometry (InSAR).
HERMESS provides expertise and data related to the marine and coastal environment to support operations, engineering, and management of natural resources. Our solutions include access, cross-calibration and quality control of oceanographic data, numerical modelling of tides and sea surface waves, integrated AIS & ocean forecasting Services for Port Operations, remote sensing services, and coastal mapping and monitoring.
FutureWater is a research and consulting organization that works throughout the world to combine scientific research with practical solutions for water management. FutureWater works at both global, national and local levels with partners on projects addressing water for food, irrigation, water excess, water shortage, climate change, and river basin management. FutureWater’s key expertise is in the field of quantitative methods, based on simulation models, geographic information systems and satellite observations.
Satelligence provides advanced services and products for semi-automated near-realtime multi-sensor radar and optical satellite monitoring of land and water dynamics over large areas at high spatial detail. Applications are forest and land use change, biomass determination, agricultural crop performance, mapping of floods and drought. Satelligence aims at making a positive, sustainable impact on biodiversity, water, agriculture, climate, and people. By capturing historical to near real-time changes, patterns and trends. Timely, accurately, always up to date.
SkyGeo started in 2009 as a spin-off from the Delft University of Technology, aiming to apply the InSAR technique to dike and dam stability problems. Over the years we have built a data archive that covers 70% of the earth’s land. We use that archive to provide insights in the historical movements of infrastructure. Over the years, we gradually expanded our working field to other industries. In 2014 we changed our focus and moved away from being an InSAR service company towards being a data-driven company, actively developing products that help asset managers apply our data to their deformation-related problems. Applications include detecting and understanding millimeter scale movements over reservoirs, pipelines, dams, dikes, railroads, bridges, storage tanks and entire cities. SkyGeo has offices in Delft, Houston and San Francisco.
VanderSat focusses on (commercial) applications from Earth Observation satellites, with a special emphasis on high resolution soil moisture products. VanderSat provides the highest resolution, cost-effective and information-rich soil moisture data in the world for monitoring crops, predicting the weather, performing predictive analysis, or preventing forest fires. VanderSat’s proprietary method provides global NRT soil moisture data, based on daily satellite observations, without models or assumptions.
Science [&] Technology Corporation (S[&]T) creates R&D Solutions for Space, Science and Defence. S[&]T’ers in our offices in The Netherlands and Norway are hard at work, sensing problems and developing solutions. We specialise in Sensing and Control Systems, Scientific Data Processing, Intelligent Software Applications, and Technical R&D Consulting. We specialise in bringing technology to the market via S[&]T projects, people or products.
Orbital Eye (subsidiary of S&T) is a company providing monitoring services to operators of large scale critical infrastructures based on SAR satellite technology. Their core product, PIMSyS (Pipeline Integrity Monitoring System from Space) comprises a complete software suite including a cloud based SAR data processing chain to detect ongoing activities in the vicinity of critical infrastructures, GIS enabled server/client tools with decision support type features and integrated work-flow management functionalities to help operators keep their infrastructures secure in the most efficient way. Since 2012 Orbital Eye has been entirely focused on exploring the market of oil and gas pipeline operators which has resulted in a deep and clear understanding of this industry’s needs, requirements and wishes with respect to current and future EO derived products and services.
SenSAR is a subsidiary of S&T.