Feanor OU, Tallinn, Xi’An North WesternTechnical University and Chinese network, Xi’An reached a cooperation on joint study on a new device for measurement in low pressure fluid mechanics for use on nanosatellites.
The idea of a nanosatellite has nothing to do with nanotechnology, a term that refers the precise engineering of materials on atomic and molecular scales. Nanosatellites are appealing because their small size makes them affordable. From a military perspective, a nanosatellite may be useful for the redundancy it could offer. Its small size can also help in avoiding detection.
Feanor will provide the measurement technology through a double frequency Zeeman laser interferometer source with increased speed, measuring istantaneous position, speed and acceleration of an extrememly light pendulum in a vacuum chamber vibrating at a frequency close to 10 kHz, at different environmental temperatures and pressures.
A software application using Labview 7 will be developed to analyse data. The development of the measuring device is supported by Chinese government, as North Western University in Xi'An is one of the key research centers.