The ASTRON Research & Development division is responsible for the technical programme. The programme focuses on innovative instruments for existing telescopes as well as on developing technologies for future observing facilities.
In the R & D division highly trained professionals work on the achievement of technical goals. It often starts with an idea which is elaborated into a concept. This concept may subsequently lead to a particular prototype or instrument through a controlled R & D process. Often external parties such as national and international partners (c.g universities, competence centres and companies) are invited to collaborate in this process.