Space research centre to open on Kumpula Campus

The centre merges the competencies at the University of Helsinki’s Department of Physical Sciences and those of the Finnish Meteorological Institute.

Space research centre to open on Kumpula Campus The Department of Physical Sciences of the University of Helsinki and the Finnish Meteorological Institute are establishing a joint space research centre, scheduled to open in early 2006. The centre will be located on Kumpula Campus, where both units already have their premises.

“This is an organisation that will benefit both parties. People will remain working in their own units, but we will carry out joint projects in which we will take advantage of each other’s competencies and laboratories,” says Professor Hannu Koskinen, who has been appointed the director of the centre.

According to Koskinen, the collaboration will strengthen the profile of the University of Helsinki within Finnish space research. During its first year, the centre will focus on managing the Finnish sections of the X-ray measurement system for the European Space Agency’s Mercury flight and the development of the observation equipment for the Planck Surveyor measuring cosmic background radiation.

In the next phase, the centre will develop, for example, prototypes for a small Mars lander in collaboration with Russian space researchers. The centre will also provide postgraduate training for space researchers.

Text: Simo Salmela
Photo: University of Helsinki

Translation: Valtasana Oy

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