Dr Michiel Kruijff

Dr. ir. Michiel Kruijff has 25+ years of experience in satellite design, system engineering, R&D and team management.

At Delta-Utec SRC, from 1996-2009, Michiel led the development of several ground-breaking technology demonstration satellites (YES1, TEAMSAT, YES2) and a re-entry capsule (Fotino). YES1 was the first satellite built by ESA according to the skunkworks approach (1997). YES2 broke a world-record by deploying the longest man-made structure in space (a 32 km tether, 2007). Fotino was the lightest fully equipped re-entry capsule ever built. He was co-initiator of JAXA's T-Rex experiment (2010, which was the first deployment and in-space demonstration of a bare electrodynamic tether. With Erik van der Heide, Michiel developed the SSATT / ADTE star sensor algorithms and test environment (1998-2009), which set new standards for star sensor performance.

From 2009-2013 for the European Space Agency, Michiel managed the development of innovative services in the field of sustainability and safe living, incl. asset management, risk mapping and operations monitoring solutions. He also initiated ESA's Ambassador Platform on Water Management.

From 2013-2022, Michiel led the development of the 150kW Airborne Wind Energy system for Ampyx Power, the "AP3", and then prepared the development of a 1-MW successor, AP4. AP3, a fully automatic drone with a 12m wingspan and single-fault tolerant, as well as the ground-based power generator, have been fully qualified using stringent aviation design processes (ARP-4754A/AS9100). AP3 is one of the first drones in Europe to be safety-approved by EASA to SAILIII. Mchiel initiated the 12-MEuro international cooperation MegaAWE (InterregNWE) with 25 partners, centered around airborne wind energy demonstration in County Mayo, Ireland.

Since 2022, Michiel has supported innovative companies in the sustainability sector, like Twingtec, Speeder Systems, The Ocean Cleanup and Oceans of Energy and helped define their innovation programs, demonstration projects and/or grant application strategies. Michiel is Innovation Advisor at Kitepower.

Michiel holds a PhD with Honours in Space Systems Engineering and Sustainable Technologies and an MSc with Honours in Aerospace Engineering / Orbital Mechanics, both from Delft University of Technology. As a hobby, Michiel likes to go out wingfoiling on the lake by his house. In 2021 he published to critical acclaim the first English translation of a famous Dutch epic poem (Mei/May by Herman Gorter).


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