During the 2014 IAC conference in Toronto, Sodern has presented a paper detailing PHARAO's Laser Source and Cesium Tube Flight Models achievement. PHARAO (Projet d'Horloge Atomique à Refroidissement d'Atomes en Orbite) - a scientific project funded by the French Space Agency, CNES - and a Hydrogen Maser, are two atomic clocks onboard ESA's ACES (Atomic Clock Ensemble in Space) platform, which will dock on the International Space Station in 2016. PHARAO will be the first space atomic clock to use the physical principle of atoms cooling, and thus it will be the most accurate and stable clock ever built.
KazEOSat-1 and KazEOSat-2 Earth-observation satellites have been launched successfully on April and June 2014
KazEOSat-1 is based on Airbus Defence & Space AS250 bus with a configuration identical to SPOT 6 & 7: three Hydra Optical Heads and two Electronic Units.
On KazEOSat-2, the SSTL-UK bus is using Rigel Star Tracker based on Sodern Hydra Optical Head.
Both configurations are providing attitude perfectly.
Sodern will be present at
the 51st International Paris Air Show
taking place in Le Bourget Exhibition Centre, France