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WP3 6 - External - Omnisys Instruments - Martin Kores - Product Development


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Martin Kores, Managing Director of Omnisys Instruments - Swedish Space THz technology, presents the company, their projects, and more.

Product categories: Space & Science instruments, microwave and radiometer subsystems, THz & ASIC Devices, power and control.

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WP3 6 - External - Omnisys Instruments - Martin Kores - Product Development

  1. 1. Swedish space THz technology More space insight RIT conference, 2017-05-10 Omnisys Instruments Martin Kores
  2. 2. • Serving science by developing and manufacturing scientific instruments for satellites and ground based science • Specialised in microwave instruments – Detecting O2, H2O, Ozone etc in atmosphere and space • Turnover 5 MEUR, 34 engineers between B.Sc to Ph.D. • Founded in 1992, Extensive list of successful deliveries to high profile projects; e.g. SMART-1, Odin and METOP • User specific projects – Atmospheric science • Climate research – Meteorology – Radio Astronomy – Deep space exploration • Private, self-financed SME Omnisys Instruments
  3. 3. • Costumers – European Research organizations • European Space Agency (ESA) • European Southern Observatory (ESO) – Swedish National Space Board – National or foreign space companies • Swedish Space Corporation (SSC), Ruag Aerospace • Airbus D&S, Thales Alenia Space – Foreign research organizations • Jaxa, GSI, NICT (Japan) • University of Arizona University of California, Caltech • Three different customer interfaces – Buyer – Contractual counterpart – Payer – SNSB, other research funding body – User – e.g.atmospheric scientists, radio astronomers, meteorologists Costumers
  4. 4. • Space Flight projects – ODIN radiometer subsystems – SMART 1 PCDU – SMILES Phase Lock System – PRISMA PCDU:s • Ground based scientific instrumentation – ALMA Water Vapour Radiometers – FFT spectrometers for Arizona University and SOFIA • Instrument Prototypes – STEAM-R Instrument study – Geostationary Atmospheric Sounder (GAS) demonstrator study • On-going flight projectes – SWI for JUICE (600 GHz mixer, Auto Correlation Spectrometer) – ISMAR Airborne experiment (875 GHz receiver) – METOP SG (118 GHz FE receiver) – MATS (optical instrument, national project) – HABIT (Exomars, brine measurements) Omnisys Project Overview
  5. 5. • Founded 1992 – Anders Emrich andStefan Andersson • Advanced instruments – Scientists wants the best technology – Max scince for the monay invested – Innovation n space business • Role sharing Academy/ Insustry – Transferring science requirements into instrument solutions • Odin first shot Bakgrund
  6. 6. • Omnisys builds instrument systems – Antennas, optics, receiver front-ends, signal processing back-ends, calibration, support electronics, structures • Unique academic competences – Scientific users (Atmospheric scientists, Radio Astronomers) – Key enabling HW technologies • THz electronics (new semiconductor processes) • Computer Science • Antenna systems • Collaborations – Vinnova excellence center (Chalmers GHz center) – FP7/H2020 projects, Industrial PhD:s, real projects – Startups: Low Noise Factory, Wasa Mmwave, Gotmic, Gapwaves ….. • Leading academic bodies – Chalmers, MISU, LTU, KTH Academic teaming
  7. 7. Technical product categories 1. Space & Science instruments 2. Microwave and radiometer subsystems 3. THz & ASIC Devices 4. Power and Control • Operating on system level for potentially larger contracts • Vertical competence from components to system • Enables key customer contact on all levels • Vertical integration creates control and optimising opportunities • Microwave & radiometer front-ends and back-ends for specific system specifications • Devices & components often developed & manufactured in-house • Advanced semi-custom subsystems can be adapted to various requirements • Microwave components (< 100 GHz) • THz components developed using custom devices from Chalmers with state of the art perfomance between 100-2000 GHz • Custom ASICs for signal processing • Power Control and Distribution Units to SMART-1 ESA space probe to moon and PRISMA rendezvous • Embedded power and control subsystems for ODIN, ALMA WVR, MATS, STEAMR and others
  8. 8. Examples of Subsystems SPECTROMETER FOR THE ODIN SATELLITE Improved with a factor of 10 compared to state of the art. Still operating after 17 years in space COTS being heavily used, qualified by Omnisys. 874 GHz RECEIVER FOR ISMAR Highest frequency for ice particle measurement flying in the ISMAR airborne instrument operated by UK Metoffice. 600 GHz RECEIVER FOR SWI Omnisys will deliver the 600 GHz mixer as well as a spectrometer for SWI intrument on the ESA JUICE mission to Jupiter.
  9. 9. Examples of ASIC and MMIC 118 GHz receiver MMIC Integrated single MMIC core of a receiver 183 GHz LNA State of the art LNA with mHEMT MMIC Cross correlator sampler ASIC State of the art BiCMOS technology full custom ASIC Autocorrelation MCM MCM with Bipolar and CMOS ASIC’s Cross correlator ASIC A full custom CMOS ASIC for a MCM cross correlator 183 GHz receiver MMIC Integrated single MMIC core of a receiver
  10. 10. • Long term research – Industrial PhD project on THz mixers started in 2005 – GHz centre since 2006, CHACH since 1995… • System focus (antennas, front-ends, back-ends…) – STEAMR, ALMA WVR • Advanced inhouse production and test setups – Microwave subsystem assembly and integration – Die and wire bonding – Assembly with high res microscopes and manipulators – High resolution inspection – Measurement microscope with 1 um precision • Focus on reliability of the diode manufacturing process – Started in 2012, Contract awarded in 2015 – Chalmers line approved by ESA for Metop SG in 2017 • Inhouse precision milling machine in operation 2016 – Accuracy 1 micron Critical activities
  11. 11. • ISMAR – 875 GHz Receiver Front-end for an Airborne Icecloud Imager Demonstrator – It will act as an airborne pre- cursorfor a possible future ESA satellite instrument which will monitor ice clouds. • Geosounder – Successful demonstrator activity finished in 2010 – Ongoing ESA activity on a more full scale demonstrator on 183 GHz channel – 24 Schottky based front-ends – Candidate for Chinese in-orbit demonstrator THz projects
  12. 12. • Microwave observation from geostationary orbit (60x distance) • Interferometer, replacing an 8 m aperture • 30 km resolution over earth surface • 50-58, 90&118, 166&183 GHz • “Nowcasting” – update/ 30 min • Cross Correlator ASIC is a key component – PhD project with Computer Science • Ongoing study with ESA • Collaboration with NSSC, China Geosounder interferometer
  13. 13. • Stratospheric and Inferred Winds (SIW) – SIW will use the Doppler principle to measure stratospheric andmesospheric winds – SIW will provide global maps of wind and constituents such as ozone – New HIFAS ASIC will provide better spectral resolution = performance wrt mass, power etc THz projects future