Albert Einstein's safe journey

“Through Albert Einstein's work, the horizon of mankind has been immeasurably widened, at the same time as our world picture has attained, through Einstein's work, a unity and harmony never dreamed of before." - Niels Bohr, Physician (1885 – 1862)  

On Saturday the fourth ATV - named Albert Einstein - docked successfully to the International Space Station ISS. In this maneuver the rendezvous and docking sensors RVS TGM (Telegoniometer) and RVS VDM (Videometer) of Jena-Optronik GmbH have been used.  

„We are proud and happy about the precise and reliable performance of our sensor within this critical phase of the mission”, Dr. Klaus Michel, Director Programs & Products at Jena-Optronik comments the docking.  

From today on Jena-Optronik presents the RVS technology at the Paris Air Show in LeBourget with the focus on the next-generation sensor based on RVS experience and several national and European development projects.  

With the RVS 3D LIDAR the German space company are ready for the next rendezvous. The advanced 3D imaging LIDAR enables acquisition, tracking and imaging of both cooperative and non-cooperative targets. The new sensor is based on the RVS experience and several national and European development projects.  

Powerful sensor systems are essential in order to reliably detect and capture space debris. The DLR project LiQuaRD’s Imaging 3D-LIDAR developed by Jena-Optronik allows to capture the position and distance of a target object in all three-dimensions to ensure a safe and successful mission.  The work was performed as part of the LiQuaRD study by DLR space agency under ref. no. 50RA1002 funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology according to an enactment by the German Bundestag.

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