?AC Microtec in Sweden tests miniaturized satellite systems in space, and for the second time in 2009 they will fly their revolutionary microsystem-based components in space. On Wednesday September 23rd an Indian PSLV launcher will bring ?AC?s miniaturized computers, control systems and mass memories to test in their real working environment.
?AC Microtec is the first company in the world to demonstrate a 3D-wafer level packaged (3D-WLP) microelectronic and MEMSequipped nano-satellite in space. ?AC Microtec has together with RUAG Space (ex. Saab Space) developed the world?s most advanced nano-satellite architecture based on a plug-and-play concept for rapid response and scientific satellites on behalf of the German company group OHB Systems in Bremen.
“This is the first time that a nano-satellite system entirely built in a 3D-packaging technology is demonstrated in space. Through INOVATOR, we demonstrate the basis for the small satellites of the future: the total mass of our subsystems is only 120 grams! This is a revolution which makes it possible in the future to fly very advanced instruments on small satellites since the control electronics becomes so small,” says Robert Thorslund, Project Manager at ?AC Microtec.