Lens R&D is a systems engineering company specialised in optimising high reliability (electro-optical) sensors and systems for volume fabrication. This is done by combining a healthy level of innovation with many years of experience and background in the production of sensors and systems for both military and space applications.

Currently, the activities are mainly limited to the design and qualification of sunsensors for space and terrestrial applications and systems engineering consultancy. Founded in March 2012 the company is growing steadily and expanding the facilities as well as the product portfolio.

At this moment in time, the first product (BiSon64) has gone through all testing required to be considered TRL8. The first flight models have been delivered and the first flight is currently planned for Nov 2017. A derivative of this product (BiSon64-B) will be put through final thermal cycle testing shortly and will be launched on the ESA SAT-AIS ESAIL mission in 2018 (Luxspace). The related transport containers and dedicated pigtails are completing the products currently on offer.

A first test and capability demonstration program in frame of an ESA Artes 5.2 contract has shown that the extended temperature version BiSon74-ET-RH is capable of withstanding on-ground testing and very high levels of mechanical loading not normally experienced by any space hardware (allowing these sensors to be launched by means of every available launcher). This sensor is to be considered TRL7 and is intended for missions with high radiation loading (1Mrad tested diodes and 3mm Aluminium equivalent circumferential shielding) and/or extreme temperature profiles (-125C..+125C). As such this will be a unique product opening up new sunsensor applications like mounting directly on extendable solar panels (even for geostationary satellites) or extra terrestrial missions.

Core capabilities of Lens R&D are modelling, design for manufacturing, quality control and optimisation of the supply chain as well as data processing and process optimisation.


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