Oral Abstract

Oral Contribution (O0.3) Michael Wise ()

SRON and the next decade in space astrophysics

The coming year will be an exciting and crucial time for space astrophysics. With the ESA Voyage 2050 process underway here in Europe and the Astro2020 Decadal Survey taking place in the US, the next generation of flagship space observatories are currently being selected. The results of these community discussions are expected to be announced early in 2021 and will shape the focus of space-based astronomy for decades to come. At the same time, here in the Netherlands, the astronomy community is engaged in its own decadal strategic planning process. The long-term, scientific priorities defined through this process will provide input to these crucial international decisions and define the necessary activities in the coming years that will allow the Netherlands to contribute to the definition of these missions and the ground-breaking science they will deliver. At SRON, we are working as part of the global astronomy community to define this next generation of space missions. We are working to enable the community to extract more and better science from current missions while simultaneously designing and building a range of instruments for new missions currently under construction. In this talk, I will give an overview of the SRON mission portfolio, the status of our missions currently under development, and the new technologies we are developing to make the next generation of space observatories possible.