A test tool is under development within the SWIRUP project to control the detector and to acquire images. This tool called Video Acquisition System is used in association with a cryogenic system to cool down the detector.
Using initial design and specifications from Thales Alenia Space, partner Rutherford Appleton Laboratory has designed this common SWIRup test tool. It offers two operating configurations, (i) standard detector testing by Thales Alenia Space (Fig. 1), and (ii) hyperspectral imaging using a HySpex spectrometer from Norsk Elektro Optikk (Fig. 2).
Fig. 1 3D illustration of the test tool using the Thales Alenia Space configuration.
Fig 2. 3D illustration of the test tool using the HySpex spectrometer.