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Cutting-edge X-ray optics: cosine and Teledyne partner to boost SPO production for ESA’s Athena telescope

cosine and Teledyne e2v (UK) have signed a new contract that sees them collaborate to further mature the production process of Silicon Pore Optics (SPO), towards the levels required for the European Space Agency’s Athena telescope.

The work continues for cosine and our technology development team with a new contract awarded by the European Space Agency (ESA). As one of the suppliers of SPO plates for the Athena mission of ESA, Teledyne e2v will invest in the manufacturing processes and enhance the capability for mass producing SPO plates with the required quality.

Our company is collaborating with industrial and academic partners in preparing the production of the optics for Athena, ESA’s future large telescope. For this ambitious project, cosine is developing and supplying hundreds of X-ray optics mirror modules, using its Silicon Pore Optics (SPO) technology.

This collaboration helps further boost the development of SPO, to enable exciting science for the world’s largest X-ray telescope Athena, as well as for other upcoming X-ray missions and X-ray optics applications for industrial customers.

About cosine

cosine is a leading worldwide company in the development of space instrumentation, such as Silicon Pore Optics or remote sensing solutions with onboard processing. We combine physics and technology to bring out-of-the-box solutions to our clients. We have been developing and delivering innovative measurement systems for space and industrial applications since 1998. Our company operates 1,000 m2 of cleanrooms and high-tech assembly facilities to build and test the systems we produce for customers at our headquarters in Sassenheim, The Netherlands.

About Teledyne e2v

Teledyne e2v is part of the Teledyne Imaging Group. Their leading-edge devices enable customer innovations through access to state-of-the-art technologies, driving the next generation of systems, in signal chain semiconductor devices, full spectrum imaging and high-power radio frequency solutions. Their engineers work on lifesaving improvements in cancer radiotherapy systems, ultra-high reliability in critical electronic systems, radiation hard imaging sensors for observing the effects of climate change from space and imaging planetary exploration.

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