The NOMAD instrument onboard the ExoMars 2016 Trace Gas Orbiter is in orbit around Mars
More on the NOMAD website
Global Environmental Multiscale model for Mars
More on the GEM-Mars website
Design and development of the VenSpec-H instrument on board EnVision
More on the VenSpec-H website
Venus Atmosphere exploration through Machine learning and Open Science in preparation to EnVision
More on the VAMOS website
Mesoscale Modelling for ExoMars TGO/NOMAD To Understand gravity waves in the Martian atmosphere
More on the MOMENTUM webpage
ROle and impAct of Dust and clouds in the Martian AtmosPhere
More on the RoadMap website
Mars and the IsotopiC Ratio Of water: Budget and Evolution
More on the MICROBE website
Characterization of the detectors and expected performances of the Moons and Jupiter Imaging Spectrometer (MAJIS) onboard JUICE
More on the B.RCLab website
Radiative transfer in planetary atmospheres of celestial bodies, including (exo)planets and moons
EuroPlanet EPN2020-RI & EPN2024-RI
2015-2019 & 2020-2024
The Europlanet 2020 Research Infrastructure
Mars Express / SPICAM
Spectroscopic Investigation of the Characteristics of the Atmosphere of Mars onboard Mars Express
iMARS stands for "international Mars Architecture for the Return of Samples". It is an international committee founded under the umbrella of the International Mars Exploration Working Group (IMEWG).
iMARS WG is an international Working Group composed of experts selected by the ESA, NASA, and ROSCOSMOS space agencies which has as main objetive the preparation of the Sample Return Mission from Mars.
2018 - 2021
The evolution of planets is driven by the composition, structure, and thermal state of their internal core, mantle, lithosphere, crust, and by interactions with possible ocean and atmosphere.
2019 - 2020
Spectroscopy and forward model error improvement for CH4 retrieval in the TIR. ESA project to explore and consolidate the possible sources of CH4 biases in retrievals from TIR sensors, to establish necessary actions and perform the related work for mitigating biases.
Towards a Synergistic study of the atmosphere of terrestrial planets
March 2015 - February 2018
The goals of the UPWARDS project match the topics, challenges and scope of the Compet-8-2014 call (Horizon 2020). The UPWARDS Consortium undertake five grand science themes which challenge our current understanding of the complex couplings of the Mars climate:
Planet Topers (IUAP)
2012 - 2017
PLANET TOPERS stands for Planets, Tracing the Transfer, Origin, Preservation, and Evolution of their ReservoirS.
The group is an Inter-university attraction pole (IAP) financed by the Belgian Science Policy (BELSPO) and addressing the question of habitability in our Solar System.
2014 - 2016
EuroVenus stands for European Unified Research on Observations of Venus using coordinated Space- and Earth-based Facilities. It is a project funded by the EU within the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development, EU's main instrument for funding research in Europe.
Cross Drive (FP7)
2014 - 2016
This FP7 project is focused on the realization of innovative tools and techniques for the visualization and sharing of Mars data to strength collaborative science data analysis and real-time operations. A specific focus is given to the preparation of the Exomars 2016 and 2018 missions.
2012 - 2015
In 2012, IASB-BIRA was selected for a small amount of funding to start cooperation with India. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is planning to send an instrument that resembles NOMAD to Mars in 2014 and was looking for collaborators with experience in radiative transfer models for Mars. A first meeting took place after the International COSPAR conference in July 2012 in Mysore.
2012 - 2014
SIROCCO is a 18-months ESA project focusing on "Development and performance assessment of synergetic retrieval algorithms for near-surface concentrations of CH4 and CO from SWIR and IR passive remote sensing measurements for Earth and Mars atmospheres".
ISSI on Venus
In 2013, 3 International Teams have been selected to deal with Venus related issues:
- Sulfur Dioxide Variability in the Venus Atmosphere led by A.C. Vandaele & O. Korablev
- Clouds on Venus led by C. Wilson & E. Marcq
- Towards a Self Consistent Model of the Thermal Structure of the Venus Atmosphere led by S. Limaye & L. Zasova)
Several scientists of the Planetary Atmospheres Group of BIRA-IASB were involved in all three teams.
2006 - 2014
The Solar Occultation in the Infrared instrument, called SOIR was launched in 2006 in the frame of the Venus Express mission. Working sucessfully until the end of the mission in 2014, SOIR delivered high spectral resolution spectra of the Venus' mesosphere.