Workshop of Photonics has signed an agreement with European Space Agency – ESA to design, manufacture and test microstructures for optical systems, by the example of a source-target representative for the #Sentinel5P OGSE (Optical Ground Support Equipment) as depicted in Figure 1.
The specific target requested is part of the set-up used for #Sentinel5P project OGSE for Assembly, Integration, and Test (AIT OGSE). The target has an interface coupled to several (7) multi-mode optical fibers (core diameter of 50 um) and internal pin-hole targets to provide light.
The pinholes are illuminated by the optical fibers and serve as point sources used for detector alignment and FPA characterization. The major challenges will be the machining of the microstructures and the verification testing at the required accuracy.
The Copernicus #Sentinel5P Precursor mission is the first Copernicus mission dedicated to monitoring our atmosphere. The main objective is to perform atmospheric measurements with high spatio-temporal resolution, to be used for air quality, ozone & UV radiation, also climate monitoring & forecasting. More about Copernicus #Sentinel5P Precursor mission: Sentinel5P – bringing air pollution into focus
The activity is carried out under a program of, and funded by, the European Space Agency.
The view expressed in this post can in no way be taken to reflect the official opinion of the European Space Agency.
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