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Austrian Academy of Sciences

Austrian Academy of Sciences - Space Research Institute

The Space Research Institute (IWF) focuses on the physics and exploration of the Solar System. It develops and builds space-qualified instruments and analyses and interprets the data returned by them. In terms of science, IWF concentrates on dynamical processes in space plasma physics and on the upper atmospheres of planets and exoplanets.

Technologies and competences

The Institute’s core expertise is in building magnetometers and on-board computers, as well as in satellite laser ranging, in particular to space debris. IWF is currently involved in 20 international space missions, led by ESA, NASA or other national space agencies. The missions cover fleets of satellites in near-earth space, observation of the sun as well as exploration of planets such as Mercury, Mars, Jupiter and exoplanets.

Products and services in space

  • Instrument development
  • Scientific analysis

Space related test benches, laboratories, etc.

For manufacturing and testing, IWF operates five thermal vacuum chambers of different sizes, a magnetometer temperature test facility, a clean room, and other test facilities.

Employees 50 - 250
Turnover 5 - 10M€
Export quota space
  Research Development Production
Applied Research: Spacecraft      
Applied Research: Launchers and Manned Flight      
Applied Research: Ground Segment
Applied Research: Instruments and Payloads
Applied Research: Satellite-based Services
Basic Research for Space Technology
Other Experimental Research      

Austrian Academy of Sciences - Space Research Institute
Schmiedlstraße 6, 8042 Graz
+43 316 4120-501
Contact: Wolfgang Baumjohann
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Last modification: 2018-11-21