A member of the SSC Group
Space Engineering and Scientific Services
Aurora Technology's core business activity is the provision of support for engineering and scientific services to the Space industry
Aurora is contributing to many key projects and missions for the European Space Agency. We provide a broad range of support, from individual experts to a complete service with a team larger than 20 staff. We summarise the main areas of:
Support to Scientific Missions and Science Operations
Since 1 July 2021 Aurora provides the SCO-05 service Science Planning Development & Implementation and Quick-Look Analysis for Planetary Missions. This includes all operational planetary missions.
Since 1 July 2021 Aurora provides the SCO-11 Science IT Infrastructure and Operations support at both ESAC and ESTEC with a team over over 20 engineers.
Aurora also currently contributes to most operational astronomy missions and in particular we have a strong support to
Supporting the calibration team, the Data Processing and Analysis Consortium and the computer support team.
We have also worked on the following legacy missions:
Supporting the Science Operations Team in ESAC. Science mission planning and in particular Medium Term Planning. Liason scientist to several instruments. Trajectory design.
Since 2007, providing scientific support to the mission, also to launch and operations.
Developing a level 1b telemetry processor and also providing scientific mission planning support.
Providing expertise to the specification and the development of the Herschel Science Operations Centre. Supporting both the uplink and downlink and continuing to provide IT expertise into the legacy phase of the mission.
Support to Earth Observation Missions
Aurora contributed and contributes to the success of several Earth Observation Missions providing its engineers and scientists.
Since 2008 we have supported the Earth Observation Projects Department at ESTEC contributing with different key activities to several missions like:
Support to Cosmic Vision 2015 -2025
Aurora has both engineers and scientists supporting ESA's Directorate of Science.
We are contributing to the Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 via the service awarded in 2017 to Future Missions Department provided by a team of 12 scientists and engineers.
Previously, Aurora had supported the Technology Reference Studies which provided a means to identify the types of technologies likely to be of relevance to the wide range of science missions of the future.
Our team assisted to the evaluation of the 50 mission concept proposals received and supported the preparation of the Cosmic Vision call for ideas by participating in CDF studies.
Exploration is another focus and we are also supporting the development of new technologies and system studies for future missions to Mars within the MREP programme with particular focus on the means to capture a sample without contaminating it to bring it back to Earth (Mars Sample Return (MSR) mission with 2022 and 2024 as expected launch windows).
Another aspect of our support is managing the overview of the technology status and organizing which technologies need to be progressed via the TechMAT tool that we developed.
We are also involved in monitoring ESA contracts with space research institutes and industry to further enhance the usability of technologies in space.
Spaceflight & Exploration
Human Spaceflight and Exploration Support
In 2012 we commenced support to the Human Space Flight Directorate at ESTEC with ISS support for avionics.
In 2013 we started a service of Payload Safety Review Panel with our team of engineers.
Facility Management Infrastructure Support
Since 2017 we support the ESA Facility Management Directorate at ESA.
Our team provides different types of services, from Multidisciplinary Project Coordination to Mechanical/Electrical Engineering support.
Communication, Education and Marketing Support
Aurora support the implementation of ESERO (European Space Education Resource Office) project and network for the primary and secondary education communities in ESA’s Member States, both from the STEM Education and project management points of view.
Furthermore, we provide our scientific and engineering service to the ESA domain of ECO – Communication, Education and Marketing.
Aurora was established in 1995
SSC celebrates 50 years in 2022
Aurora is firmly established within the Space industry
providing a high level of service in the provision of engineering and scientific services.
Within the SSC group Aurora operates from the head office in The Netherlands and a Permanent Entity in Spain.
Aurora and LSE Space are part of the Engineering Service Division of the SSC Group (Swedish Space Corporation), a world wide organisation.
Aurora Team size
SSC Group size
Employees are our key resourceWe support them in order to progress their careers successfully.
We employ individuals with a high level of qualification and motivation who are also flexible in order to meet the challenges of the tasks to be performed.
Aurora encourage all staff to remain at the leading edge of the skills curve via a continuous training and education programme and combine this with a generous remuneration package.
Regular staff dialogues and feedback on ongoing assignments are part of the culture.