SOLAR ORBITER is an ESA mission with a strong participation of NASA dedicated to the in situ observation of the Sun and its corona. The rocket carrying Solar Orbiter will take off from Cape Canaveral in Florida on February 7, 2020. An Almatech delegation invited by NASA will be on site for the launch! Read our press release.
The CHEOPS mission dedicated to the characterization of exoplanets from which it takes its name is a collaboration between ESA and Switzerland and is the first Swiss lead exploration satellite.
Switzerland is leading an international scientific consortium specialising in research on exoplanets, a field in which Switzerland has excelled for more than 25 years with a very high level of international recognition, this year with the award of the Nobel Prize in Physics to Mr Mayor and Mr Queloz.
This consortium, led by Professor Willy Benz of the University of Bern and director of the national research centre PlanetS, has entrusted Almatech SA with the development of the ultrastable structure of the CHEOPS Telescope, heart of this optical instrument.
As the main industrial partner on this thrilling instrument development, Almatech is very proud of the trust and recognition of the quality of its work expressed by the University of Bern and the European Space Agency.
Almatech SA has been selected by ArianeGroup SAS to develop, manufacture, and test the deployable Landing Legs system of the THEMIS TH1 reusable launcher in the frame of ESA (European Space Agency) Future Launcher Preparatory Program.
In a fast-track, agile and cost-oriented co-engineering development with AGS and ESA, the development of the novel landing legs system was initiated in July 2021 and resulted in the successful integration of the first landing leg system in September 2022! A full set of four Landing Legs will be delivered in summer 2023 and will be used on the planned initial flight tests of the THEMIS reusable launcher from the Kiruna spaceport (SWE)in Kiruna.
The lightweight, gravity -deployed composite structure concept developed by Almatech combines re- usability and low maintenance with overall cost effectiveness.
First T1H Folded landing leg system on its stand-trolley
First T1H Landing leg system during initial unfolding test
For this exciting project, Almatech is in charge of designing the aerodynamic control and landing mechanisms, as well as the selection of a Thrust Vector Control (TVC) system, with four other European Companies and the German Aerospace Centre (DLR).
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The MXT Instrument is part of the payload that will fly on board the SVOM mission, a collaboration between the CNES and the Chinese space agency. Almatech is developing the ultra-stable composites structure of the Instrument.