STEP

STars and ExoPlanets

Astronomic Satellite Mission

STEP is a part of the Danish Roadmap for Research Infrastructure, as approved in 2020. Specifically, STEP is a proposed astronomic satellite mission that will be a key mission for Danish research and industry. STEP is planned to operate for at least 4 years and will collect time-series data related to stars and exoplanets.

STEP includes all the phases for an end-to-end space mission:

  1. Assessment and pre-design phase
  2. Design phase
  3. Implementation and test phase
  4. Launch and commissioning phase
  5. Operational and science analysis phase

A range of universites and companies from Denmark is involved in the project. From Aalborg University is Associate Professor Jens Frederik Dalsgaard Nielsen and Associate Professor Jan H. Mikkelsen a part of the project.

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AAU Space Group - Researchers

Jan H. Mikkelsen

Associate Professor

Department of Electronic Systems

Phone: +45 9940 8665
Email: hmi@es.aau.dk

JENS Frederik DALSGAARD NIELSEN

Associate Professor

Department of Electronic Systems

Phone: +45 9940 8702
Email: jdn@es.aau.dk

PROJECT NAME

STars and ExoPlanets

SHORT TITLE

STEP

PROJECT STATUS

Active

EFFECTIVE START/END DATE

2020 - 2025

TOTAL BUDGET

DKK 85 million

PROJECT PARTNERS

  • Aalborg University
  • Aarhus University
  • Technical University of Denmark
  • University of Southern Denmark
  • University of Copenhagen
  • GomSpace
  • GateHouse Telecom
  • Space Inventor
  • SatLab
  • Terma
  • Danish National Metrology Institute