Curriculum vitae

Publications list

PhD dissertation

Awards and honours

TV & radio interviews


Asteroid (183294) Langbroek

Asteroid discoveries

Asteroid naming citations

Astronomy software

Spy satellites

Dutch meteorites

Odonata (Dragonflies)

Weather station

Megaliths (travel blog)

Dubious stuff


Public PGP key

Website first online in 2000
This version went online in 2017

- 2 Oct 2023: - I am co-author to a study published in Nature today: Nandakumar et al: The high optical brightness of the BlueWalker 3 satellite. An interview with more backgrounds is also available on our TU Delft website. I was also interviewed on the subject by the Radio program Nieuws en Co on Dutch national Radio channel NPO radio 1 (item starts at 00:34:35).

- 21 Sept 2023: - I was a guest in the program Villa VdB (MAX, NPO Radio 1) on Dutch National Radio channel 1 about "Congestion in Space - is there space for more satellites left?".

- 12 Jul 2023: - I talked (in Dutch) for an hour with Art Rooijakker of the Dutch radio station BNR, for the program Big Five, about "de Race om de Ruimte" ("The Race for Space").

- 22 May 2023: - I featured prominently in a 41-minute NTR Focus special documentary, a Science program on Dutch national TV (NPO 2), about "War from Space".

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At the Palindo megalith, Bada Valley, Sulawesi

Welcome to the website of Marco Langbroek

I am a multidisciplinary scientist and science educator. Originally trained as an archaeologist, I am currently a Lecturer in Space Situational Awareness at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering of Delft Technical University in the Netherlands.

My research topics include Military Space ("spy satellites"), Palaeolithic archaeology, meteorites, and asteroids.

RTL Late Night I am a Dutch scientist with a PhD in Palaeolithic Archaeology (Leiden University 2003) but currently academically working in the field of Space Situational Awareness (satellites).

I am active in multiple fields of science, including asteroids (of which I discovered several) and meteorites. I track classified military satellites ("spy satellites"), analyse their behaviour, and blog about that on my SatTrackCam blog. My archaeological research has a focus on the Lower and Middle Palaeolithic, with a secondary interest in megaliths. In 2007, I received a VENI grant from the Dutch National Science Foundation (NWO) to study spatial behaviour and cognition of Neandertals.

I have previously worked as an academic researcher and consultant (archaeology, meteoritics and Space Situational Awareness) at Leiden University, the VU University Amsterdam and Naturalis Biodiversity Center (the Dutch National Museum of Natural History).

I am currently a Lecturer in optical Space Situational Awareness at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, section Astrodynamics and Space Missions of Delft Technical University, the Netherlands. I have a guest affiliation with Naturalis Biodiversity Center (the former Dutch National Museum of Natural History) on meteorites.

(c) 2017 by Marco Langbroek