Focus on innovation

A solid background in systems engineering and experience in design for manufacturing enables Lens R&D to come with solutions which will allow you to manufacture your products cost effectively while meeting performance targets. Background knowledge is mainly focused on electro optical sensors for space and military applications.

BiSon 64

The Bison 64 is a fine sunsensor and the first product produced by Lens R&D The sensors field of view is more then 60 degrees in diagonal ( 56 on axis) allowing full sperical coverage with only 6 sensors. A combination of specially designed housing with integrated wirebondable connector and semi-automated assembly allows for an unprecedented price performance ratio.

ESA Space business Incubation Centre ESIC

Lens R&D is participating in the ESA Business Incubation Program ESA-BIC The subject is to design high accuracy sunsensors for terrestrial applications like solar concentrator panels.

BiSon 6 sunsenor for solar concentrator applications

Space quality for a down to earth price

design, manufacturing and test of high performance electronics

Design of high performance electronics for innovative products like integrated photonics fibre bragg interrogators


supplier audit Airbus/Oneweb succesfully completed.

DSC_0112After two days of intensive auditing, today the supplier audit of Airbus/Oneweb was succesfully completed with very good results. The auditing not only comprised a carefull assessment of the procedures and way of working at Lens R&D but also included a company visit to some of our key suppliers (Boers & co and Lasertec)

After two days of information exchange, the meetings concluded with the mutual filling in of an audit matrix. Although this showed that we didn’t get the highest score on maturity for many points, this was not due to the fact that we don’t have the procedures in place or the way of working was not appreciated, but due to the fact that we were asked to offer a project specific design which has yet to be finalized.

Before this design is completed, it is obvious that many documents are not yet produced and/or tailored to the product, so we are not ready for full production yet. Nevertheless, the fact that we are seriously considered as a supplier is seen as a major step forward in being accepted as a player in the field of sunsensors for space applications to be reckoned with. Moreover, the fact that we have been asked to propose a dedicated design means we are also seen as a viable sensor design house. All in all two very busy but rewarding days.

Airbus/Oneweb is a joint venture specifically formed to develop and operate a large constellation of 648 small satellites which is to bring high speed internet access to the whole world.




Housing bare BiSon64-ET received

BiSon64-ET housing bareLast week, the first 15 housings for the Artes 5.2 program ITAR free extended temperature sunsensor (BiSon64-ET in short) have been received.

The first housing was delivered just in time for the visit of ESA DG J.Wörner and the other 14 arrived on Monday 25th of January.

Although the injection moulding tool needed for the ceramic insert is still under design, the housings will allow us to do the first high and low temperature tests on the gluing of the membrane.

This development should put Lens R&D step by step on a path to unprecedented temperature ranges  and reliability.

ESA Director general J.Wörner visits Lens-R&D

Lens R&D 3 enhOn Wednesday 20th of January 2016,  mr Jan Wörner, Director General of ESA (accompanied by several other ESA representatives as well as  representatives of the ministry of Economic affairs and our national space agency NSO) visited the new optics lab of Lens R&D.

A short company introduction, (explaining the background of our sunsensors, the importance of space and the ESA business incubation program for terrestrial applications and our plans for the future) was followed by a short but very interesting discussion.

Hopefully mr Wörner has enjoyed the visit as much as we did.