Welcome to NL-RIA


The NetherLands knowledge network on Radar Instruments and Applications (acronym NL-RIA) allies scientific and knowledge institutes, companies and governmental agencies to strengthen the international position of The Netherlands in the field of small spaceborne microwave remote sensing instruments, missions and applications.
The network is funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) under a program executed by the Netherlands Space Office (NSO).
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Currently 18 institutions participate in NL-RIA. See the list of network partners and their expertises.

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NL-RIA performs low TRL-level research to accomplish its goals. Results of all activities are available to the contributing members through the resources base. The members aim at successful acquisition of projects to raise the TRL-level and strive for capable instruments and missions.
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The need for NL-RIA’s cubesat altimeter constellation

Author: Yuanhao Li. Nowadays spaceborne data from several altimeters (e.g., from Jason-1/2, Cryosat, etc.) can already resolve oceanographic phenomena with sizes in the order of 100 km. However, we cannot observe very well the submeso-scale oceanic features which may derive from smaller-scale eddies and currents. In this view, the observation …

Agenda for NL-RIA workshop 19/02/2020

All NL-­‐RIA network partners are very welcome to participate in this workshop. Goal:to discuss the progress and technological roadmap of our NL-­‐RIA radar altimeter and SAR missions. Focus will be on mission and instrument concepts and roadmap to technological realisation. Location: ISIS, Motorenweg 23, 2623 CR Delft Agenda: 10:00 Welcome …

NL-RIA Antenna Concepts

Alden Yellowhorse of the Mechatronic Systems Design department at TU Delft is tasked with the research on future foldable antenna systems for micro satellites. Discussion topics in coming project meetings will include antenna designs suitable for small satellites. This includes antenna performance requirements and analyses of multiple designs under consideration. …

Two upcoming meetings

On 19 February 2020 an NL-RIA mission and platform workshop will be held at the premises of ISIS, Motorenweg 23, Delft. All technical participants of the NL-RIA network have been invited. The goal is to discuss the progress and technological roadmap of our NL-RIA radar altimeter and SAR missions. Focus …

NL-RIA altimeter presentation at ESA ARSI-KEO 2019 workshop 11-13 Nov 2019

TU Delft attended with several persons the ARSI-KEO workshop at ESTEC, Noordwijk, officially named the 6th edition of the Advanced RF Sensors and Remote Sensing Instruments workshop, together with the 4th Ka-band for Earth Observation workshop. A poster presentation was prepared by Yuanhao Li, entitled “Alticubes: a Ka-Band Cubesat Altimeter …