Danish Space Research Institute

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Danish Space Research Institute (DSRI) (Danish: Dansk Rumforskningsinstitut, short DRI or DRKI) was the space agency of Denmark from 1966 to 2005.[1] It was a Danish sector research institute formed in 1966 under the Danish Ministry for Education and Research, later the Danish Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation.[1] Denmark was a founding member of the European Space Agency (ESA) in 1975 and launched the satellite Oersted in 1999.[1] Europe's space programme: to Ariane and beyond, notes the DRI had budget in excess of 2.6 million Euros supporting a staff of 40 people, with an additional 25 million Euros going to the ESA in 2001.[1]

Its primary areas of research was astrophysics and solar system physics. A great deal of the research was concentrated on X-ray coming from astronomical objects. DRI have had X-ray equipment on board the Russian Satellite Granat and the European EURECA satellite; the now concluded Danish Small Satellite Program, which resulted in the aforementioned Oersted (Ørsted) satellite, was headed by DRI. The DRI space missions were supervised by the Danish Space Board.[1]

On 1 January 2005 the DRI and the geodesy part of Kort & Matrikelstyrelsen merged to form the Danish National Space Center.

The DRI prepared instruments/components for:[1]

As of 2010, the Ørsted is still in orbit and returning data.

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