Zettlex to develop new sensors for use in space
Published: 3 May 2012 - Rachael Morling
Position and speed sensors for space equipment will be developed by sensor specialist Zettlex, after the company won a bid to work closely with the European Aerospace & Defence Systems’ Space Equipment Division in the UK.
The one-year, £300k project is a collaborative R&D project sponsored by the UK Technology Strategy Board with the aim of developing and qualifying lightweight but rugged position sensors for space applications.
The demand for reliability is especially important for space equipment as it must function in extreme conditions that include radiation, extreme temperatures, thermal cycling and high vacuum.
Mark Howard, general manager, commented: “We have been lucky enough to enjoy success with our sensors at the bottom of the ocean and high up in the skies – so space is the logical next step for us. The extremely low mass and the high reliability factor for our sensors is particularly important for space equipment.”
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