After the sucessful launch of the TET-1 sattelite with a Cesic
camera structure the next sattelite called BIROS is equipped with the
same structure manufactured by ECM.
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ECM deliverd in March 2017 the focal plane for the LSST Camera. Beside the large camera grid structure with a size of nearly a square meter ECM will also provide the 24 subsystems - called raft baseplates - for the support of the CCD sensors. Each raft will carry nine CCD sensors. All 24 raft base plates are already delivered to Brookhaven National Lab responsible for the intergartion of the CCD to the rafts fully within the specification.
ECM has the contract from OHB Germany for the design, fabrication
and qualification of the Star Sensor Assembly Bracket. Beside the
HB-Cesic structure ECM is also responsible for the design and
fabiraction of the complete SAB Subsystem including the Titanium
Bi-Pods and Aluminum interfaces for the Star Trackers. All
components including the HB-Cesic bracket of the STM model are already
manufactured and all the qualification tests of the STM
model will be carried out from October to December 2015.
One of the core payload elements of the
Technologie-Erprobungs-Träger-1 (TET-1, Technology Experiment
Carrier) satellite, a mission of the German Aerospace Center (DLR), is
the Hot Spot Recognition System (HSRS). In close collaboration with the
DLR, ECM manufactured the new camera structure of the HSRS using its
ceramic composite material, Cesic®, in order to achieve the required low coefficient of thermal expansion, high stiffness, and low mass.
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ESA contracted Thales Alenia Space (TAS) to design a super-lightweighted HB-Cesic®
mirror with a diameter of 600 mm, isostatic fixations, and a special
astigmatism compensation device (ACD) for mirror shape control. The
mirror was manufactured by ECM, polished and coated by
Société Européenne de Systèmes Optiques
(SESO), France, and tested to cryogenic temperatures by TAS.
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HB-Cesic® – a European and Japanese trademark
of ECM – is a Hybrid Carbon-Fiber Reinforced SiC composite
developed jointly by ECM and MELCO.
ECM present the whole manufacturing process of such a space mirror starting from the raw material preparation until the polishing of the optic including cryo testing.
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SPIRALE is a French Earth observation demonstration project
consisting of two satellites. In support of the project and under
contract with Thales Alenia Space, ECM manufactured two fully
integrated all-Cesic® telescopes, composed of
super-light-weighted complex monolithic structures, including two
off-axis aspheric mirrors per telescope with integrated interfaces for
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Engineered Ceramic Materials GmbH is an industrial small business enterprise located near Munich, Germany. Cesic® is a registered trademark of ecm.
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