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Successful launch for TerraSAR-X – Microchips from Stuttgart on Board

June 15, 2007

Taking off from Cosmodrome Baikonur in Kazakhstan on 15 June the German radar satellite TerraSAR-X has been shot into space.
On board are several microchips that were developed and manufactured at the Institut für Mikroelektronik Stuttgart. Opposed to terrestrial requirements the surrounding conditions in space are extreme for electronics: heat, cold, radiation, vibration, speedy acceleration und vaccum space are putting the elaborate on-board electronics of satellites to the test. The Institut für Mikroelektronik Stuttgart in Stuttgart-Vaihingen has specialized in microchips and sensors under severe conditions for a long time. On behalf of the TerraSAR-X manufacturer, the Deutschen Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) and the former European manufacturer of satellite for space, EADS-Astrium GmbH, the IMS has developed and manufactured several complex microchips. The chips have successfully been qualified for the elaborate space requirements and are now implemented on board the TerraSAR-X.

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