Lens Research and Development
is specialized in high reliability sunsensors for space and terrestrial applications
that can be cost effectively produced in larger quantities.
Today, the students from Delft Aerospace Rocket Engineering (DARE) showed the Aether rocket to the public for the first time.
3.3m in length and intended to reach Mach 1.7 before the parachute system is deployed at some 6km height, the rocket is not only a technology demonstrator for the stratos III rocket to be launched later this year (that will try to break the student rocket altitude record) but also contains three BiSon64 sunsensors that will be used to calibrate the on-board gyro’s in real-time and thus avoid rotation of the rocket which could hamper proper parachute deployment.
Based on inputs gathered from several potential suppliers over the years, the project started as a company internal project some 3 years ago. The main problem these sensors are intended to solve is that for satellites with extendable solar panels, the panels are often blocking part of the sunsensors field of view in the stowed configuration.
The main products marketed on the cubesatshop are the BiSon64-B and the BiSon64. Next to this it is also possible to find data on the dedicated pigtails that can be obtained through Lens R&D as well as the special transport container the cap of which can also be used as a remove before flight item.
It has taken quite some time before we decided to go and advertise as we wanted to make sure that we can deliver on the SCOTS promise. This promise is to deliver only top quality components for an off the shelf price and really off the shelf. Currently at TRL8 (a step which most cubesat hardware has skipped by going for a launch before full testing is completed) the first flight is planned for November 2017.