National Institute of Astrophysics Optics and Electronics (INAOE) and Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP)


Team photo, credit: Jose Eduardo Mendoza

"The opportunity to install a project developed by our team in the Chinese Space Station is priceless. This project encourages the technological and scientific development of Mexico through aerospace technology in order to apply it in another field such as weather monitoring, climate changes, deforestation rates, etc." Jose Eduardo Mendoza Torres, Project Coordinator.

AWARDS

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Mission e-patches awarded to the National Institute of Astrophysics Optics and Electronics (INAOE) and Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP)

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China Space Station

The project "Mid-infrared platform for Earth observations" has been awarded in the first round of China Space Station opportunity in 2019. It is a joint project to be implemented by two organizations from Mexico; the National Institute of Astrophysics Optics and Electronics (INAOE) and Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP). This project has had the participation of INAOE students, researchers, technicians, and BUAP colleagues.

The development is based on a miniaturized Cassegrain-type infrared telescope and a wide-field infrared camera. Both devices work together to carry out studies of the temperature in the seas and land territory, which has various applications such as the identification of hot zones, the forecast of the evolution of hurricanes and the analysis of aspects related to climate change.

About China Space Station

News

Activities

  • 1st Workshop of Astronautics of the Mexican Olympiad of Astronomy held in February 2020

Publications

Photos

Prototype of a mid-infrared telescope

Miniaturized mid-infrared telescope. To the left, a frontal view of the primary mirror. In the middle, an image of the sun in false colour, captured with the telescope. To the right, the complete instrument.

Image of one of the previous designs of the infrared platform to be installed in the China Space Station

Image of another design of the infrared platform

Launch of one of our stratospheric probes, the Zvezda 2

Launch of the stratosphere probe, the Zvezda 1

Downlink of the data from the probe Zvezda 2 during the flight

Trajectory of the Zvezda 1 probe

Graphic of the atmospheric pressure vs the altitude of the probe Zvezda 1

Altitude of the probe of the Zvezda 2 probe

Temperature of the Zvezda 1 during the flight

Image received through radio-link. The image was captured at an altitude of 17,000 m.a.s.l.

Test of the mid-infrared sensor using a drone

Vibration tests made at the facilities of the National Polytechnic Institute

Thermo-vacuum tests made at facilities of the cryogenic group of the Astrophysics department at INAOE

 

 

 

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