Thanks to PRODEX
Space instruments with Empa know-how
PRODEX is an program by the European Space Agency (ESA) that allows research institutes together with their industrial partners to develop instruments and experiments in space science. The event served to inform guests from science, economics and industry about PRODEX as well as about other possibilities for collaborations in space. Moreover, attendees could celebrate the program’s 30th anniversary and were presented an impressive Swiss success story. Since 18 years Empa is part of space missions under PRODEX: Rosetta, BepiColombo, Luna and soon Juice all have analysis instruments on board that have been developed in Empa labs. For instance Rosina is a mass spectrometer on board of Rosetta. For Rosina Empa scientist Hans Rudolf Elsener developed a highly complex metal ceramic sensor in close collaboration with the University of Bern.