OHB supplying key component for the Fluid Science Lab of the Space Station
Cabling for physics laboratory supplied to Alenia/ Bonus for on-schedule delivery and quality
The Bremen-based space company OHB-System AG shipped the finished signal, energy and video cables for the physical research laboratory FSL (Fluid Science Lab) to Alenia Spazio in Turin. The Italian company is building this laboratory on behalf of the European Space Agency for the COLUMBUS module of the International Space Station, the entire cabling for which OHB-System has also supplied.
The Fluid Science Lab is designed to conduct experiments on the transportation of materials and energy as well as the surface properties of liquids and gases in gravity-free conditions as of 2004. A better understanding of these phenomena is of crucial importance for optimizing the terrestrial use of fluid resources, e.g. in combustion, lubrication, coating and other technical processes.
The cabling systems, on-schedule delivery of which was rewarded with a bonus of EUR 100,000, constitute the first part of the deliveries which OHB-System will be making for the Fluid Science Lab. In the course of the next six months, it will be followed by the video management unit (VMU) for recording, processing and transmitting video and other data gathered from the experiments, the PCU power supply unit and a series of special high-resolution digital cameras allowing precise observation of the fluids. Using these cameras in tandem with precise video processing and transmission (VMU), scientists will be able to follow and control their experiments on an almost real-time basis from the earth.