ACS collaborates with TNO to create competitive and sustainable innovations
ACS is supplying TNO, the Netherlands Organisation for applied scientific research, with a Thermal Vacuum Chamber for the calibration of space or pseudo-space instruments at flight representative environmental conditions.
TNO is a public not-for-profit organization, aiming at connecting people and knowledge to create innovations that boost the sustainable competitive strength of industry and well-being of society.
They intended to become by 2021 the “flywheel of innovation” in the Netherlands, “not by doing or knowing everything ourselves, but by forming a network of solid relationships with partners who work with us to translate our know-how into complete and practical solutions”.
We are proud then to play a part in the activity of their Space Department which has a long heritage of on-ground and in-orbit space instrument calibration as well as ultra clean vacuum systems.
The large TVC realized for TNO has a vertical cylinder structure that, together with the shroud, is cut diagonally by a large opening flange equipped with an automatic movement for the top half, allowing easy and safe access for instruments and installation personnel.
Inside the chamber there is a mechanical manipulation system that allows precise movement of the earth observation instruments with 6 degrees of freedom. The manipulation system consists of a hexapod on top of a rotation stage and is designed for a total, instrument + GSE (Ground Support Equipment), mass of up to 300 kg.
A set of optical stimuli, including a generic optical collimator, will be positioned outside the chamber, which has multiple large flanges enabling flexible positioning of one or more windows.
Thanks to TNO staff for their precious info:
Tim Luijkx, Freek Molkenboer, Rik Jansen, Willem van Werkhoven, Wouter Mulckhuyse, Gerard Otter, Eleonie van Schreven, Brigitte de Roode, Hans Haasnoot, Alfred Abutan, Nick van der Valk.
Further details in our Blog section.