What innovations does Mechatronics and Optics involve?
R&D activities are performed in the field of robotics and automation, including remote manipulation, sensing and control of rovers and experiments, motion autonomy.
Advanced instruments are developed to support physical (e.g. furnaces) and life sciences in the ISS, and to support physiological and medical aspects in space (e.g. telediagnosis /intervention of sick spationautes)
Optical devices such as lasers and lidars and opto-electronic devices such as detectors and spectrometers are developed. World premieres in terms of laser telecommunication and entangled photons secure communications are performed.
World premieres are also performed in the field of life support, such as wrt real-time ISS air analysis with ANITA, setting up the 1st demonstrator of closed loop regenerative life support system (Melissa Pilot Plan in Barcelona).
Specialised design and engineering tools for all these projects are defined and employed as needed (e.g. setting up the ALISSE system level model of a closed loop system).
Last update: 30 September 2009