Sunsensors for Satellites and Space Applications2021-06-20T13:30:04+01:00

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1203, 2021

To boldly go where no Sunsensor has gone before

The original idea for the Lens R&D extended temperature Sunsensors was born when ESA was working on their Mars rover. In order to allow sterilisation and avoid biocontamination, the sensors should be able to withstand high temperatures and be vented (non-hermetic) During the night time on Mars the sensors should be able to cope with very low temperatures though. This set of requirements is met by carefully balancing the CTE of the different materials used and development of a dedicated glue. Although ESA decided not to go with our sensors, the development was continued and resulted in the a sensor [...]

2001, 2021

Automatic nitrogen flushing system

At Lens R&D we are strong supporters of STEM education and as such in close contact with the Leidsche Instrumentmakers School (LiS). Today two LiS students finished the mechanical activities on the units associated with our new automatic nitrogen storage system.   Nathan Wijnands and Milo van Es (both in their fourth year of becoming a precision mechanic) finished the last assembly activities on the new facility. The storage system consists of three components. A storage box (with pressure gauge and over-pressure release valve) A control cabinet and A stainless steal table to hold the components and turn it into [...]

2412, 2020

MicroNed, reliability, radiation tolerance and Lens R&D

Delfi-C3 satellite related to the start of Lens R&D   Looking back at history the Dutch MicroNed technology development program has been instrumental in establishing Lens R&D. The program aimed at using MEMS technology to miniaturize satellite systems and led to the development of the Delfi-C3 satellite by the university of Delft in cooperation with a number of other Dutch companies. Several known and lesser known companies and institutes in the Netherlands cooperated to the development of this satellite which famously led to the existence of the Dutch company Innovative Solutions In Space ( The company was started [...]

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