On Tuesday, the 6th of September, the Integration Progress Review of our AtmoHIT experiment was successfully passed at the Jülich Research Centre (Forschungszentrum Jülich). Three reviewers from ZARM (Center for Applied Space Technology and Microgravity) visited us and reviewed the current design status of our project. Overall, the review resulted in very positive feedback.
First, four members of our team (Michael Deiml, Björn Rottland, Denis Fröhlich, Jilin Liu) reported the project status to the experts in a short presentation. Afterwards, the reviewers asked questions and commented the SED. All questions were adequately answered.
After the presentation, we went to the clean room to show the experts the flight simulation test with the precursor instrument. We demonstrated the complete information flow chain, starting with the generation of a fringe pattern through an SHS, its measurement by the detector and the signal transfer via the Front-end Electronics and the Power Supply Unit to the ground station computer, where it was visualized and some basic data processing was applied.
The flight simulation test was followed by a lab tour through the Institute for Engineering, Electronics and Analytics (ZEA-2, Electronics), where we showed the SMD (surface-mounted device) laboratory and the EMC (Electromagnetic compatibility) chamber. Afterwards, we visited the ZEA-1 (Mechanics) to show the mechanical manufacturing facilities and some mechanical parts for the AtmoHIT experiment.
Overall, the review was a great success with many new insights into the project. We are now working towards the complete integration of the experiment and a rigorous test campaign.