We’re very proud and excited to announce this first and most innovative project we’re working on for the European Space Agency (ESA): a laboratory prototype for a photodetector that can track and record optical phenomena in space and the upper atmosphere. The project is developed in partnership with the Institute of Space Sciences (ISS) and funded through the PRODEX program, coordinated nationally by the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA).
The project that we started in late 2016 is a first for the European area and is set for April 2019. What we do basically consists of a new type of sensor that can be used to detect the optical phenomena in space, in wavelengths UV (ultraviolet). The photodetector system that our embedded team is working on will be mounted in a “dark chamber” (how cool is this!), a box measuring 1.1 x 1.1 x 2 m, where no light is allowed, for testing it in dark conditions similar to those in the outer space. The device simulates and measures the optical phenomena and then sends the results to a computer system, where they will be processed. In the “dark chamber” there is a light pulse detection system, mounted on a frame that can move up-down and left-right, to detect any source of light.
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