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2104, 2019

MAMA, it’s only a tool, (but then again a very special one)

We are happy to announce that the Mechanical Automated Membrane Aligner or MAMA tool has been commissioned with good results.This tool (which in actual fact is a dedicated Sunsensor assembly robot) has demonstrated the capability to assemble Sunsensors with a unprecedented precision.In essence the tools functioning is very simple:- The operator loads a semi-assembled Sunsensor and a membrane.- The operator connects the Semi-assembled sensor to the readout electronics.- After closing the door, the tool picks up the membrane and suspends it above the semi-assembled sensor.- The A high stability Sun simulator is turned on and illuminates the semi assembled sensor.- [...]

2002, 2019

China sales representative agreement signed.

Another step in the history of Lens R&D has been taken today when a sales representative agreement was signed  between Microdrive Aerospace Ltd and Lens R&D.Microdrive Aerospace Ltd will be the prime contact for our Chinese customers.This is seen as a very  welcome step towards bridging time zones as well as avoiding potential issues with language barriers and cultural differences.The first steps towards gearing up activities in China will be translating of our datasheets into Chinese, and a visit to China in Wk12 (18th till 22nd of March). The Chinese datasheets will be made available on our website including a [...]

1511, 2018

Finally…….

It took more than six and a half year before we could enjoy below lines. These simple lines are part of the launch manifest of a Falcon 9 to be launched on 19th of November 2018. The VESTA Satellite developed by SSTL for Honeywell and the ExactEarth constellation will be the first satellite to carry one of our BiSon64-B Sunsensors to space. Although we have delivered flight sensors to multiple missions no mission has flown yet. Consequently the VESTA satellite will mark the transformation from TRL8 to TRL9.One might wonder why it took so long to have a first flight qualification [...]

911, 2018

Delivery with a smile

A couple of minutes ago DHL picked up the BiSon64-ET-B Sunsensors intended for the Luxspace SAT-AIS ESAIL mission.The delivery marks the end of en era for Lens R&D as it was actually the first flight project acquired back in 2015. Over this Artes21 program we managed to increase our experience as well as the qualification status of our products drastically and as such we are very grateful to Luxspace for selecting the BiSon64 Sunsensors well before the flight qualification was finished.We are looking back upon a very open and positive cooperation and hope to continue cooperating for many years to [...]

711, 2018

BiSon64-B units on ESAIL

It is always nice to see our sensors projected on satellites that are actually being build. If you look carefully you can find five out of 6 BiSon64-B units that will be mounted on the Luxspace satellite called ESAIL. This mission is based on the new Luxspace platform called Triton2 for which more information can be found on the luxspace website: https://luxspace.lu/triton-2/ Although the above picture is only a CAD drawing, the actual satellite is nearing completion and launch is projected for Q2/2019. Our BiSon sunsensors actually achieved a significant level of qualification through the related ESA Artes21 program  SAT-AIS and [...]