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ALTER TECHNOLOGY GROUP involved in new JUICE mission

ALTER TECHNOLOGY GROUP (ATG) has been granted a project for the JUICE Monitoring Camera from Micro-Camera & Space-Exploration. (Image ESA/AOES)

 

The JUpiter ICy moons Explorer (JUICE) is a mission of the European Space Agency that will perform detailed investigations of Jupiter and its system in all their inter-relations and complexity with particular emphasis on Ganymede as a planetary body and potential habitat. Jupiter is the model par excellence for the giant planets of the Solar System and the numerous giant planets now known to orbit other stars. Moreover, Jupiter’s diverse Galilean satellites – three of which are believed to harbour internal oceans – are key to answering the question of whether icy worlds are habitable.

Understanding the Jovian system and unravelling its history, from its origin to the possible emergence of habitable environments, will give us a better insight into how gas giant planets and their satellites form and evolve.

ALTER TECHNOLOGY TÜV NORD (ATN) has been granted a project for the JUICE Monitoring Camera from Micro-Camera & Space-Exploration. The project consists of two main parts: the role of OPTOCAP will be to package the custom image sensor, and ATN will be responsible for the screening and qualification of the image sensors and overall system.

The main challenge is to master the complexity of the image sensor packaging and to complete the evaluation for its use in space within the time constraints of the JUICE mission. The selection of ALTER TECHNOLOGY GROUP for this project is further recognition of its excellent packaging capabilities and growing confidence in its expertise in the recently developed field of image sensor characterisation and evaluation for space applications.