Amos has recently announced that it has been awarded a 9 million Euros contract for the design and manufacturing of an advanced thermo-vacuum test facility at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Center (VSCC) in Trivandrum (Kerala).
This 65-tonne space simulator measuring 6 meters long and 5 meters in diameter will be the largest of the VSSC and will be used for testing the future telecommunication satellites of ISRO (India Space Research Organisation). Its purpose is to recreate the exact same conditions of vacuum and temperature under which the satellites evolve when they reach their orbit. The two main features to be simulated are the absence of pressure (106 mbar) and the cryogenic temperatures (minus 180 ° C). The contract will provide 30 000 hours of work for Amos over two years. The delivery of the simulator to VSSC is scheduled for December 2013.
AMOS, an acronym for “ADVANCED MECHANICAL AND OPTICAL SYSTEMS” was founded in 1983. It is located in Liège, the economic powerhouse of Wallonia. It employs 80 people and specialises in the design and manufacturing of opto-mechanical systems of very high accuracy. Those are mainly targeted at the space industry as well as professional astronomy.
The VSSC contract is already the fifth project awarded to Amos in India in the recent years. The most prestigious project to date bagged by the Wallonian Company was the design, development and installation of a 3.6 meters optical telescope at Devasthal, Nainital. This 16.2 Million Euros contract was awarded to the Belgian company in 2006 by the Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES). The 20 meter high telescope, weighing 150 t, will be commissioned by the end of the present year. It took 6 years to complete and will be the largest optical telescope in India.
Other important projects already won by Amos in India include the MAST Solar Telescope in Udaipur for PRL (Physcial Research Laboratory), 3 collimators for ISRO in Ahmedabad and another vacuum test facility in Bangalore, also for ISRO.