Projects

Optomechanical simulation in support of Telescope Calibration

We are proud to support the Einstein Probe consortium with optomechanical analysis to help better understand and optimize the telescope and instrument calibration process.

The Einstein Probe (EP) is a small mission of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) dedicated to time-domain high-energy astrophysics. The mission is supported by several other international institutions.

Laboratory Control & Automation

Customer: PANTER X-ray test facility

We are supplying the primary motion control software for the PANTER telescope test facility. Our custom solution will enable scientists to efficiently operate the facility serving countless of missions and experiments

Polished Silicon Optics for future telescopes

Customer: Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik

This study targets the capabilities of novel Silicon based mirror technologies for future X-ray missions. For this joint effort including NASA/GSFC and MPE, we provide mechnical design, design optimization and finite element analysis services.  Breunig Aerospace will also provide a concept study for a Mirror module Integration facility for building demonstrator units for environmental testing.

Mechanical Upgrade of a Mirror Integration System

Customer: Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Merate,IT)

Breunig Aerospace is designing an upgrade package for an existing mirror integration system for assembling modular X-ray telescopes.

The upgrade will add an additional rotating axis to the system which will then enable the prototyping of new assembly techniques which use a central rotating mandrel. 

Deflectometric Metrology Systems for X-ray Optics

Collaboration Partner: Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Merate,IT)

Deflectometry is a promising alternative for the metrology of specular freeform surfaces. 

Based only on a computer driven reference screen, a observation camera and a stack of high fidelity software, the principle is cheap, yet powerful and flexible.

In this collaboration we develop improved software and hardware components to enable a broader utilization of deflcetometry as a primary means of characterizing grazing incidence mirrors.  

ATHENA Optomechanics

Customer: Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik

Breunig Aerospace is contracted for the design and implementation of a simulation suite tailored to simulate the optomechnical behavior of the ATHENA mirror assembly during calibration at MPE's PANTER facility.  

ATHENA is an advanced, observatory class X-Ray telescope funded by the European Space Agency and scheduled for launch near the end of the next decade.

 

Image: ESA/AthenaTeam

StarProa600

Customer: Private

Breunig Aerospace acts as a consultant in the design and manufacturing of a unique wing-sail rigged sailing proa for a private customer. The proa combines the elegance and simplicity of ancient polynesian craftsmanship with the power and performance of modern materials and computer aided Yacht design.

 

 

Hexapod Operation Software

Customer: Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik

Customized, mission specific automation, control and integration with other facility systems are critical for the sucessfull utilization of robotic hardware.

We provide a user interface and remote control stack for hexapod robots used to manipulate optical equipment and protoype mirrors in an optical test range of the customer .

Image: Physik Instrumente

 

 

Electric Propulsion

Customer: Aviontech GmbH 

Breunig Aerospace is delivering engineering support for the upgrade of a single seat high performance sailplane with an electric propulsion System.