SCIENTIFIC & PLANETARY INSTRUMENTS

ISRU

ISRU Demonstrator Payload for extraction of Oxygen from lunar regolith on lunar surface.

OHB Italia, involved in ISRU developments since 2009, is working on ESA projects relevant for the extraction of oxygen from the regolith minerals and is performing relevant system studies and technology research.

Oxygen is an essential resource when performing human exploration of the Moon.

Under a programme of and funded by the European Space Agency. The view expressed herein can in no way be taken to reflect the official opinion of the European Space Agency

Solar Orbiter – METIS

Solar Orbiter, the ESA Sun Explorer, developed in collaboration with NASA, was launched from Cape Canaveral (Florida, USA) on February 9th 2020.

It is the first ESA mission to operate in extreme environment up to 500C°, providing images of the poles of the Sun at high latitude and to study magnetic fields, solar wind, Sun-Earth connections and space weather, combining in situ and remote sensing observations.

To unlock the secrets of our life-giving Star, Solar Orbiter is equipped with ten cutting edge technological instruments. Among them we have Metis, a multi-wavelength coronagraph realized by OHB Italia. It will observe the structure and the dynamics of the full corona, the Sun’s outer atmosphere, with unprecedented temporal coverage and spatial resolution. This region is crucial to better understand the solar atmospheric phenomena and their evolution in the inner heliosphere.

Metis will employ broad-band, polarized and narrow-band imaging technology for screening the solar corona: a unique capability combining two different wavelength bands by means of a single telescope.


Activity carried out under ASI contract.
Courtesy of Thales Alenia Space Italia S.p.A.– Metis telescope within the OPSYS Facility of INAF at ALTEC S.p.A.

LARES

LARES I was launched in 2012 on VEGA maiden flight, LARES II is to be launched in 2021 on VEGA-C maiden flight. Both systems are under ASI flag.

The Separation S/S held the LARES sphere, a 400 kg invar ball with retro-reflectors, during launch with 4 holding devices.
The release of the sphere is obtained through the activation at the same time of 4 non-explosive actuators.
The separation is provided by a spring-based device located below the sphere.


Activity carried out under ASI contract.

FLIGHT planned in 2021

ASIM / ISS External Payload

The ESA mission ASIM (Atmospheric Space Interactions Monitoring) was successfully launched on 2nd April 2018 on board a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral at NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre in Florida (USA).

ASIM is an observatory mounted outside on the International Space Station (ISS) on the European Columbus module. It is studying high-altitude electrical discharges in the stratosphere and mesosphere above severe thunderstorms and monitor X-ray and Gamma-ray flashes.

OHB Italia responsibilities were system design, system integration and validation, software development and data handling & power distribution unit development.

Under a programme of and funded by the European Space Agency. The view expressed herein can in no way be taken to reflect the official opinion of the European Space Agency

Delivered  on 27/11/2017 to Terma/ESA
and then to NASA

LISA PATHFINDER

ESA Mission, launched on 3rd December 2015 / ended in July 2017, to validate the key technologies needed to detect one of the most elusive phenomena in astronomy: gravitational waves.

LISA Pathfinder Inertial Sensor, developed by OHB Italia, has demonstrated that Test Masses free fall can be achieved in space at the required acceleration and position sensitivities. They can be used as reference bodies at the ends of each interferometer arm of a gravitational wave observatory in space.

The Inertial Sensor is equipped with two mechanisms, developed by RUAG (Zurich) as subcontractor to OHB-Italia, with the function to hold the Test Mass during launch then release it in a very soft way.

LISA Pathfinder is a decisive step towards the realization of the first space observatory for gravitational waves, the LISA mission, which will reshape our understanding of the Universe.


Activity carried out under ASI contract.

Under a programme of and funded by the European Space Agency. The view expressed herein can in no way be taken to reflect the official opinion of the European Space Agency

EUCLID

Electronic unit for ESA/NASA Mission with ASI constribution, which main target is to map the geometry of the Universe and to better understand the mysterious dark matter and dark energy.

OHB Italia responsibilities is the flight hardware of the Visible Instrument and of the Near Infrared Spectrometer / Photometer


Activity carried out under ASI contract.

IXPE

The Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) exploits the polarization state of light from astrophysical sources to provide insight into our understanding of X-ray production in objects such as neutron stars and pulsar wind nebulae, as well as stellar and supermassive black holes


Activity carried out under ASI contract.

LAUNCH planned in 2021