London, 16/02/2023 – On the 15th of February HPtex, a space tech company based in Münchberg, announced the beginning of Phase C/D for the Large Deployable Reflector Subsystem (LDRS) in the Copernicus Imaging Microwave Radiometer (CIMR) project. The €110 million contract was won in 2020 to develop and construct a LDRS. The signing of the “RIDER” for the construction and testing of an Engineering Qualification Model (EQM) to be undertaken in 2023/2024, followed by a minimum of two flight models (PFM and FM2), signifies the beginning of Phase C/D.
HPtex has begun preparation for the production of the 8m-diameter EQM-mesh as part of the C/D-RIDER for the application up to Ka-band. The CIMR mission will be observing the change and movement of icy pole caps of the Earth, as well as the water around, in greater detail than previously.