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cosine expands to new facilities

cosine has expanded its facilities significantly to a second building adjacent to its current premises. After more than six months work, which included extensive expansion of our cleanrooms, we moved our main office to our new building.

“This significant expansion is crucial to our work as we continue to develop the advanced X-ray optics for the European Space Agency’s (ESA) X-ray telescope Athena,” Karin Liang, cosine Head of Support, said. “Our new office building will also be the site for the development, assembly, integration and testing of HyperScout and other remote sensing instruments. It’s a very exciting and busy time at cosine.”

The building offered several large open areas, providing a blank canvas to design a custom layout for cleanrooms, assembly and testing facilities, a mechanical workshop, offices and meeting rooms. In good cosine tradition, several inventive solutions were implemented including everything from climate control to construction and monitoring.

The production of the X-ray optics for the Athena mission is unique in the world and requires a challenging process using high-tech equipment and procedures. The expansion of our cleanroom facilities allows cosine to complete the development of these processes in preparation for the large scale production needed for the Athena mission.

cosine also expanded facilities for our remote sensing instruments, including the HyperScout  instruments, which are so small that they can be flown on nanosatellites, yet so powerful they can detect crops, fires, drought, algae, clouds and much more. Several different versions of HyperScout are currently in space and can be purchased from cosine.

We look forward to welcoming you to our new location during your next visit!

The measurement systems in and on top of our building, which provide real-time readouts on the cosine website about weather conditions, ground vibrations and sky brightness, are temporarily offline due to the relocation process.

 

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