Bringing a scientific instrument onto a space mission and into space is a long and complex process. We can assist you already with the initial steps, when you might have an idea for a scientific core question, an instrument idea, or maybe already a full mission proposal. In these early phases we can provide you the following:

  • Proposal assistance: Together with you we can develop ideas, how your scientific questions can be solved by an new instrument in space. We analyze any given mission scenario in detail to make your proposal consistent with all requirements and boundary conditions. We will try hard to make your proposal a winning proposal.

  • Phase-A studies: We assess the technical feasibility of a scientific instrument within the given mission scenario. We assess alternative instrument concepts that you or we might have developed, to find the optimum approach. We develop the instrument concept in detail, providing block diagrams of the overall system, mass and power budgets…

  • Phase-B developments, analysis, and breadboarding of complex space systems.

The following example projects illustrate our experience in space instruments prototyping and related instrumentation.


Video ADC Test System


2D Laser Scanner


Miniaturized Moessbauer Spectrometer Electronics

DevelopmentsMOMA Valve

Hermetic Miniature Single-Shot Valve


Laser Technology Preparation Program

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Now operating in space: vH&S Command and Telemetry Interface card on-board Lisa Pathfinder!

Dec 2015: On the 3 December 2015, a Vega rocket from Kourou, French Guiana was launched carrying ESA’s Lisa Pathfinder satellite. The satellite, a technology demonstrator for a future gravitational wave observatory mission, carries a Command & Telemetry Interface (CTI) card designed and built by vH&S to be part of the Charge Management System (CMS) for the Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College London. Read More ›

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