Space science is core to developing our understanding of the origins, and the future, of the Universe, together with the effects of solar activity on the Earth, including for example, the effects solar flares have on our communications systems.
A vital component to this science is the ability to capture detailed images across the visible, UV and NIR spectrum and spectroscopic data. During 30 years involvement with the highest profile space science projects, the detailed scientific information and images obtained with e2v’s CCD and CMOS sensors are helping us understand more about the Universe.
Missions include the upgrade of the Hubble Space Telescope, which uses e2v imaging sensors to look further into the Universe than ever before, and the detection of new extra-solar planets with NASA’s Kepler mission. In addition, e2v sensors on board spectroscopic instruments in the Mars Reconnaissance Rover have detected key elements necessary to support life on Mars. Also, over the coming 5 years, ESA’s GAIA mission will map over 1 billion objects in the Milky Way using 106 e2v imaging sensors to equip its focal plane, the largest ever to be flown in space.