Our colleague Roland Albers.... currently buried in TK's MetOP-SG and ATMS programmes .... was the well deserved winner with his team members from Cranfield at UKSPACE 2017's Sir Authur C Clarke Centenary Awards in the Student category for winning the Mars society's international group design competition for a manned Mars flyby ..... Lot of details here Roland in the middle here with Tim Peake and members of his student team (Will Blackler, Tiago Matos and Rob Sandford). and a better image of Roland with his colleagues is here
TK designed and build the Quasi-Optical multiplexer and antenna Feed for JAXA's Cloud Pulse Radar.... though AIRIBUS in Germany as Prime .... and provide for a novel power monitoring scheme to track the power levels transmtted by the EIK 94 GHz microwave tube. It is nice to see it being integrated into the EarthCARE satellite The TK designed & manufactured optical compoents - fitted to an AIRBUS CFRP plate Hardware - can be see here: and our Gaussian Beam-mode software
TK is currently buried in the EUMETSAT programme. We might like to think that it all our Quasi-Optical work is new.... but a trip to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum near Dullas airport (Time to kill before a flight) .... presented the following Engineering Model of a 1960 Tiros weather satellite. Looks well made, with lightened mirror supports and a pair of corrugated feeds.
Virginia Diodes Inc very kindly hosted Richard Wylde and Jonas Kindervater of Johns Hopkins for initial trials of a novel Electron Spin Resonance Bridge... which will feature VDI high power Sources at 108 and 216 GHz. The Bridge forms part of a complex neutron diffraction experiment devised by Prof Collin Broholm of JHU which will be run at the NIST Gaitherburg reactor facility to look at novel quantum materials (topological materials, quantum spin fluids ). The bridge routes power from VDI's sources to a long HE11 corrugated probe which drops down inside a magnet to the sample help at sub 1K levels. A Martin-Pupplet polarizing interferometer allow both linear injection (to give ...