Emerson’s new Test & Measurement business unit, formerly known as NI, announced on Wednesday that it will establish a new open innovation laboratory in Debrecen, Hungary, in collaboration with the European Space Agency. The collaboration aims to revolutionise the development and testing of space systems through advanced technology and strategies.

“I think that the technology of the future, if someone wants to understand it, now there is an opportunity to practise it here, so we can contribute to the profession of the people working here, the students studying here, in another segment with this investment,” Deputy Mayor Lajos Barcsa said.

The Open Innovation Laboratory, located at the Debrecen site of Emerson’s Test & Measurement business unit, will host projects that meet the specific criteria set by the European Space Agency (ESA) navigation innovation and support programme (NAVISP). The laboratory is equipped with the latest modular instrumentation and software to ensure that it remains at the forefront of technological developments in the space market.

“The new lab embodies a joint effort between Emerson’s Test & Measurement business unit and the European Space Agency to accelerate innovation in the space industry. By focusing on comprehensive testing strategies from the early stages of development, engineers can prevent problems from occurring later in the process, which could cause significant budget overruns and delays in delivery, ” President of Emerson’s Test & Measurement Business Group Ritu Favre said.

We are delighted that ESA NAVISP has supported the creation of the new Open Innovation Laboratory in Debrecen. This will further build on the fruitful relationship between the two organisations that has been going on for several years and I am confident that it will open up new market opportunities for innovative Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) solutions and services. PNT’s infrastructure is evolving rapidly and the laboratory provides the industry with the tools to test and prototype new technologies that address issues in growing market areas such as Controlled Radiated Direction Antennas (CRPA), which provide flexible positioning for users, ” Head of the NAVISP Technical Programme Office Rafael Lucas Rodriguez said. 

The key to the laboratory’s potential is the use of hardware-in-the-loop (HiL) test systems, which allow the reproduction of the operating environment of the subsystems under test. The lab also has the modular instrumentation and software required for the company’s Broadband Multichannel Phase-aligned Transceiver (MPA) System for S-parameters, pulse-to-pulse stability, added power-efficiency measurements, which are essential to successfully emulate broadband satellite connectivity. 

Using the modular and scalable approaches of the Test & Measurement business, the facility aims to transform the design of complex satellite systems. It will also focus on broadband, active multibeam, n-board digital signal processor and regenerative software-controlled radio based RF/microwave (satellite) on-board equipment.


Author: Debrecen4U