In numerous collaborative projects with institutes and universities RUAG Space has built some of the most sophisticated space instruments ever invented.
In co-operation with the University of Berne, Switzerland, for instance, RUAG built a spectrometer which has been on board the space probe Rosetta on its way to the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko since March 2004. Rosetta is due to enter orbit around the comet in the year 2014, after which the instrument will examine the composition of the comet’s thin atmosphere. Two spectrometers from RUAG Space will help to investigate global air currents on board the ESA wind research satellite ADM-Aeolus. For ESA’s Mercury mission BepiColombo, RUAG Space is currently developing a Laser Altimeter which will create a three dimensional map of the planet’s surface.
For the European satellite navigation system Galileo, RUAG Space has developed the Environmental Monitoring Unit (EMU). This instrument will measure the radiation to which the Galileo satellites are exposed in their medium earth orbits.