PHOTONIS continues its successful support of space exploration with the July 2015 fly-by of Pluto by the New Horizons spacecraft.
The NASA New Horizons mission launched in January of 2006 with PHOTONIS custom-made Microchannel Plates installed on two of its key detection systems: ALICE-P and PEPSSI.
The ALICE-P detector was designed to analyze the composition of the atmosphere surrounding the dwarf planet, and is similar in design to the ALICE-R, which enjoyed success on the Rosetta mission to comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko in 2014.
The Microchannel Plates were manufactured in the Brive, France facility for this mission.
The PEPSSI detector will also analyze the atmosphere surrounding Pluto, but is focused on learning about the escape rate of the atmosphere and the effects of solar winds.
This detector is the size of a hockey puck and contains Microchannel Plates that were manufactured in the Sturbridge, MA facility and delivered in 2004.
Know more about the mission: NEW HORIZONS Mission