Michael Linden-VørnleDTU Space
Michael Linden-Vørnle works as an Astrophysicist and Chief Adviser at the National Space Institute (DTU Space) which is part of the Technical University of Denmark. He is leading the institute’s center for unmanned systems (DTU Space DroneCenter) which is responsible for the coordination and facilitation of projects and activities related to the development and use of unmanned, autonomous systems.
In recent years, Michael Linden-Vørnle’s main research focus has been how to employ satellites and unmanned systems in all domains (air, sea, and land) to establish a flexible and scalable infrastructure in the Arctic providing both communication and situational awareness. In this context, he was the lead scientist for the operational testing of a Danish build nano-satellite for Arctic surveillance launched in 2018.
Presently Michael Linden-Vørnle is also working to establish a national center for Space Safety in order to coordinate and facilitate research, development projects and other activities to identify, understand, analyze and mitigate threats originating from space against planet Earth, life, human civilization and infrastructure. These threats include space weather effects, asteroids and comets, man-made space objects including debris and particle radiation. The center will serve as the national advisory body for decision-makers and relevant authorities.