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Dynamic testing and measuring technology: the AMS space-flight experiment

A high level of design complexity requires testing of the interaction between individual components across system boundaries – a task that demands extensive system knowledge, suitable testing methods and precisely adapted tools. ISATEC engineers have been meeting this challenge with considerable success for many years. 


More than ten years ago, for example, we developed various detectors for research groups involved in international cooperation in the field of high-energy physics – from the initial idea conceived by the researchers to feasibility assessments to technical and structural realization. Highly specialized constructions composed of aluminium, titanium, high-module carbon fibres and special material were used. After two and a half years of development and engineering design work, the first solution developed by ISATEC demonstrated its ability to meet the stringent precision and load requirements imposed by NASA during a 10-day space shuttle flight (STS91) in 1998. 

The experimental solution is currently being modified for extended, stationary operation in the International Space Station (ISS) and equipped with additional detectors (AMS2). And it goes without saying that ISATEC is still involved in the project as an internationally renowned partner.