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 fÃ¼r 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 fÃ¼r 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 fÃ¼r 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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