A Critical Week for IRIS
Hopes everybody had a good week. As usual, a good Friday finishes with an IRIS article.
Last week we had the important task to send our SED version 2 to the panel of REXUS/BEXUS. This update is a huge modification compare to our SED version 1.1. In the previous version we presented the Preliminary Design of IRIS and this generally corresponds to the design configuration selection. The SED version 2 corresponds to the Critical Design Phase. As the name implies, this phase is critical to select the components to order. Mathematical analyses are performed to assure that components are performing accordingly.
In the optics department we are currently choosing the final components for the fisheye lens, filters and light sensors/photodiodes. This week we had a meeting with the electronics, mechanics and sciences department to discuss on the different light sensors possibilities. Because the optical system is influencing each department, it is essential for us to have inputs from each team.
The budget department is also depending a lot on the optics. The optics department is the most expensive department of IRIS, in fact our components nearly counts for 60% of the total budget.
Meanwhile, Gustaf, August, Andreas and I are preparing ourselves for the CDR in Noordwijk (ESTEC). During this event we will present our advancement in front of the panel of REXUS/BEXUS. Concurrently our electronics engineer, August Svensson, will have the unique chance to learn during a workshop how to weld properly on PCBs.
Thank you for reading our newsletter. Stay in tune next week for the article of our project manager and more news from the CDR at ESTEC.
Mechanical, Economics, and Optics Departments
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