The Mechanical Group serves three areas within R&D:
The work ranges from development of instruments for the biggest optical telescope E-ELT to a revolutionary tile for SKA radio telescope made of polyester foil (as used for flower packaging) and EPS (Expanded Polystyrene, like used in any ordinary package).
Challenging factor in the design of large sensor systems are the low-cost/high volume requirements. A close and good interaction with a variety of industries is crucial. In the design of infrared optical instruments are the cryogenic working temperature, the stability, the high precision of design and accuracy of mounting challlenging factors. Very important here is the close cooperation of the mechanical designers with the antenna designers, the optical designers and the workshop engineers. Only this close cooperation results in state of the art astronomical instruments at the edge of the technical possibilities.
The Mechanical Group does the mechanical design and production, production control of:
Personnel and management
The staff of the Mechanical Group includes instrument engineers, instrument designers, industrial designers and CAD/CAM engineers with technical and management capabilities.
Johan Pragt - Competence Group Leader
Raymond van den Brink - Instrument engineer
Marco Drost - Instrument engineer
Hiddo Hanenburg - Instrument engineer
Jan Idserda - Head Support engineer
Sjouke Kuindersma - Support engineer (mechanical)
Niels Tromp - Instrument engineer