Space and Research Projects

CGC Instruments participates in a number of research and development projects.

Solar Orbiter

Solar Orbiter

Solar Orbiter is an ESA mission to observe the sun and provide in-situ measurements of the heliosphere very close to the sun. The aim is to clarify fundamental relationships between the rapidly changing heliosphere and the solar wind. CGC Instruments is involved in the development of the device complex SWA (Solar Wind Plasma Analyser). In cooperation with the IRAP/CNRS Toulouse and the Charles University in Prague, parts of the acquisition electronics were developed. Further, CGC Instruments provides consulting in manufacturing and testing of the detection electronics of the proton/alpha-particle analyzer, of the HV power supplies, and of the ground test facility.
TARANIS

TARANIS

The microsatellite TARANIS is a mission of the French space agency CNES. The goal is the study of light phenomena on the top of thunderclouds up to the ionosphere. The designed experiment IDEE is intended to characterize electron beams accelerated from the atmosphere into the magnetosphere. As a partner of the Charles University in Prague and the IRAP/CNRS Toulouse, CGC Instruments is involved in the development of the acquisition electronics.
BMSW

BMSW

BMSW is a space experiment on the spacecraft Spektr-R to study the solar wind, it has been launched on Aug 18th 2011 to the Earth orbit. Together with the Charles University in Prague and the Institute for Space Research (IKI) in Moscow, CGC Instruments has developed and manufactured the hardware of the test and flight models. A novel measurement method enables to acquire measured data with a previously unattainable temporal resolution. This allows to study turbulences and discontinuities of the solar wind plasma. Also, the accuracy of the determination of the ion distribution function surpassed the previous experiments worldwide. The data yields new information about fast changes in the relative concentration of the protons and alpha particles.
Computer-Controlled Elastography

CCE (Computer-Controlled Elastography)

As a part of this collaborative project with the Elastography Group of the Charite Berlin, power amplifiers with integrated waveform generators made by CGC Instruments are used in novel experiments on MRI. The power amplifiers with output power up to 500 VA control electromechanical transducers with piezoelectric actuators that generate acoustic waves in the examined tissue. The wave dispersion patterns recorded by MRI can be used for noninvasive diagnosis of numerous organs.