20150804 - SMILE tip plate arrives!


Today the tip plate that holds the SMILE sensor and the boom star tracker optical head was received from the manufacturer. It is produced in MACOR ceramic material to provide high mechanical stability of the relative orientation of the magnetometer axes and the star tracker. In order to not disturb the magnetic field measurements the plate has to be non-conductive.
The next step is to assemble the prototype boom tip, with the SMILE sensor and the star tracker, and evaluate their performance together.

 SMILE/boom star tracker tip plate in Macor.