CHEOPS the first Swiss designed satellite telescope has been successfully launched from the Guyana Space Centre on 18 December 2019.
The CHEOPS mission dedicated to the characterization of exoplanets from which it takes its name is a collaboration between ESA and Switzerland.
For the first time, 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 construction of the ultra-stable structure of the telescope’s optical system, the satellite’s core.
As the main industrial partner and the only company in French-speaking Switzerland involved in this adventure, Almatech is very proud of the trust and recognition of the quality of its work by the University of Bern, the European Space Agency (ESA/ESA) and more generally by the entire scientific community.
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.
Almatech successfully delivered the Optical Structure and Radiators (IOMSR-EM) of SENTINEL-5 to Airbus Defence and Space GmbH!
BepiColombo, a collaboration between the European Space Agency and the Japanese space agency set to travel to Mercury will embark a piece of hardware delivered by Almatech, the BELA Reflective Baffle Unit.
Almatech will add another ESA Science mission to its growing portfolio by developing the struts and structure that will connect the payload to the spacecraft. The project is kicked off this year for a launch planned for 2026.
Anett Krammer, Almatech aerospace engineer was presenting at the Clean Space Industry Days at ESA a de-orbiting solution based on a thrust vector control mechanism using Almatech technology of Large Angle Flexible pivots.