Space Exploration

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Space and Physics Solutions

For decades, Photonis has been an essential development partner in providing innovative solutions for space applications. Photonis' support of the exploration missions in space is unparalleled. We have partnered with industry leaders, researchers and space agencies around the world to create innovative custom solutions to focus or collimate X-rays, identify compositions of asteroids and planetary atmospheres, observe behaviours of weather, solar winds and auroras, categorise solar flares and discover distant planets, gamma ray bursts, black holes, and galaxies.

Photonis MCPs are integrated in the COS UV spectrometer on the Hubble Space Telescope and inside 8 instruments in orbit around Jupiter on NASA’s JUNO space probe (i.e. in JADE-E1-E2-E3, JADE-I, JEDI-1-2-3 and UVS). Furthermore, ESA’s BepiColombo interplanetary mission to Mercury has MCPs inside 9 instruments, (i.e. inside MEA-1, MEA-2, MIA, MSA, HEP-ion, ENA, PHEBUS, ELENA and PICAM). Additionally, our MPOs are applied inside 2 instruments, the MIX-T X-ray fluorescence imager and the MIX-C X-ray collimator. Currently our MCPs are being integrated in several instruments of ESA’s Jupiter Icy Moons explorer JUICE. 

We have been awarded both by NASA and ESA and have been honoured to witness our products launch into space to begin their missions, knowing our products will provide science data and contribute to new discoveries for many years - even decades - to come.

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Comet and Asteroid Observation

Many long-term missions that use Photonis products, including Cassini and Galileo, have included the observation of comets or asteroids on the fly-by to the primary destination.

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X-Ray Optics

X-Ray Optics & Metrology

Photonis’ experience in X-Ray imaging provides products that can focus and collimate X-rays using unique square-pore optics. These optics can be installed in telescopes or satellites.

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X-Ray UV and VUV Spectroscopy

X-Ray UV and VUV Spectroscopy

The presence of UV, VUV and X-ray phenomena across the galaxy provides numerous opportunities for observation and research.

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Atmospheric Analysis

Atmospheric Analysis

Photonis products have analyzed the composition of the atmosphere not only of Earth, but also all other planets and dwarf planets in our universe, along with some of their moons.

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High Energy Phenomena Imaging

High Energy Phenomena Imaging

The combination of high sensitivity and fast timing in Photonis products makes them ideal for use in imaging high energy phenomena.

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Weather and Solar Monitoring

Weather and Solar Monitoring

Solar flares produce large bursts of radiation which can affect weather, disrupt communications and interfere with electronic devices.

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Single Photon Measurement

Single Photon Measurement

Photonis products offer detection sensitivity down to the single photon level, allowing researchers to quantify electric and magnetic field interactions, such as aurorae and solar flares.

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