TNO is an independent research organisation with over 3,200 employees worldwide. It connects people and knowledge to create innovations that boost the industry and the wellbeing of society in a sustainable way. Innovation with purpose, that is, in short, what TNO stands for.


For over 50 years, TNO has been a globally recognized technology developer for space and scientific instrumentation. With its long heritage in optical, optomechatronical and radar systems design and technologies, the institute is known for cutting edge optical instruments like GOME and TROPOMI and sensors for the astronomical space-based telescope GAIA.


When it comes to all space related matters, TNO focuses on three areas: earth observation, secure broadband connectivity and understanding the universe. An important part of its mission is to create economic growth in The Netherlands as well as the European Union.

Contact: Mr. Andy Court


Tropomi maps the entire atmosphere on a daily basis, with details of 7×7 km.

New standard for air quality monitoring from space

TNO is designing and building the space, air and ground optical terminals with which the satellites communicate with terrestrial stations and for inter-satellite communications.

Satellite laser technology enables faster communication

Searching for evidence of life on Mars

Dutch parachutes will land European rover on Mars

Space Technology
Earth Observation