Lambda-X works hand-in-hand with RUAG to develop thermal diagnostic tools used to monitor the flap re-entry temperature for Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV).
Several heat-resistant windows protect Lambda-X’s custom-developed infrared imaging optics for flap imaging against high-temperature plasma. The system has passed mechanical shock, vibration and heat tests. In charge of optical performances, Lambda-X performed the optical design, assembly and verification of the optics and carried out fracture control tests on key optical components after every key test performed by RUAG. We also support RUAG during integration for delivering quality control SW, based on custom targets and custom SW.
RUAG received the flight model in July 2013. It was launched on on 11 February from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana atop a Vega rocket.