OTTAWA, Ontario – February 17, 2016 – Neptec Design Group is proud to have made this significant contribution to the Canadian Space Agency’s investment in ASTRO-H, along with our incredible partners from academia.
The mission’s success will depend on the Canadian ASTRO-H Metrology System (CAMS), that can measure the exact positions of the 12-metre-long telescope’s opposite ends down to two widths of a human hair, and constantly adjust for slight changes less than one-hundredth that size.
“We were able to push the envelope in terms of precision,” said Stéphane Gagnon, Vice-President of Space Programs for Neptec Design Group and lead engineer for the device.
“ASTRO-H CAMS is a perfect example where a strategic investment by the Canadian Space Agency in Canadian technology has led directly to export sales and value-added job creation opportunities for Canada. This project keeps Canada on the leading edge of optical sensor space applications”, added Paul Nephin, Neptec CEO.
ASTRO-H is longer than any X-ray telescope ever built. It won’t stretch out to its full length until it’s already deployed in space. The CSA/Neptec CAMS will allow astronomers on Earth to compensate as the telescope flexes and vibrates while orbiting the Earth.
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