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 [...]

2810, 2018

Congratulations to the spot-on team

Last Friday 26th of October, the team of students that designed and manufactured the spot-on tests setup have received two rewards (each worth 2500 Euro) during the annual NLF gala. They received both the Jan Dullaert price for the best subject and the André Kuypers price for the best space related project. The latter was handed over by the Dutch astronaut André Kuypers himself. During a short discussion after the reward ceremony it became clear that the price was granted because of the excellent quality of work delivered and the craftmanship exhibited by the instrument builders trained at the Leidse [...]

503, 2018

New digital sunsensor developments to start shortly

It is with a certain pride that we can announce to have had successful contract negotiations with ESA on another Artes contract called Digital sunsensor for telecom applications. No need to say this called for a small celebration 🙂 Our customers have come to expect reliable, cost effective and small solutions from Lens R&D, and the new developments of a sensor called IBIS is expected to bring exactly this. Based on a single chip dedicated sensor  (IPS) to be developed by Systematic design b.v. (represented by Richard Visee and @Gert van der Horn on above picture) the IBIS is to [...]

1501, 2018

Mechanical parts for spot-on setup arrive at Lens R&D

Recently the  mechanical parts for the spot-on test setup have arrived at Lens R&D. Under construction in frame of an ESA GSTP program to produce and quality extended temperature sunsensors, the setup is intended to allow  temperature coefficient determination of 12 sunsensors simultaneously. Because the temperature coefficient will have to be determined over a temperature range of -125°C to +125°C, this can only be done in vacuum while conductively cooling the sensors. A correct measurement however also entails using at least one reference sensor which is kept at room temperature throughout the process. Last but not least, the tests will [...]

2112, 2017

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year

On the 19th of December during a small opening ceremony conducted by Kees de Boom (former TNO sunsensor business developer), Lens R&D inaugurated two dedicated cleanrooms at their new address 's-Gravendijckseweg 41b 2201CZ Noordwijk. The festivities were attended by several people partially traveling significant distances to share the joys associated with this new step in growing up as a company. With these new facilities, Lens R&D is not only capable of sustaining further growth in turnover but also capable of fulfilling all requirements posed to a company delivering products that fulfil the highest quality standards. With an ESA GSTP program running [...]

2910, 2017

BiSon64-ET and BiSon64-ET-B are coming

Having successfully completed the contract negotiations with ESA, Lens R&D is sure to be able to continue with the development and qualification of the BiSon64-ET and BiSon64-ET-B The foto presented provides an impression of the BiSon64-ET-B as it will be completed and qualified. The underlying GSTP program is quite exciting as it also entails a full qualification according to ECSS standards as well as upgrading the quality control system at Lens R&D to be in line with ECSS standards. The latter means that we will officially enter into the realm of high reliability component suppliers when this program is successfully [...]