NüVü EMCCD cameras begin space qualification process

EMCCD technology from Nüvü Camēras uses passive heat dissipation to image in near-complete darkness.

The EM N2 camera from Nüvü Camēras is shown at Mont Mégantic Observatory in Canada. (Image credit: Nüvü Camēras)
The EM N2 camera from Nüvü Camēras is shown at Mont Mégantic Observatory in Canada. (Image credit: Nüvü Camēras)

IMAGE:The EM N2 camera from Nüvü Camēras is shown at Mont Mégantic Observatory in Canada. (Image credit: Nüvü Camēras)

Electron-multiplying charge-coupled device (EMCCD) technology from Nüvü Camēras (Montreal, QC, Canada) uses passive heat dissipation of its controller, CCCP (CCD Controller for Counting Photons), to image in near-complete darkness. The cooling technology dissipates emitted heat without the use of air--an essential requirement when air is absent from the environment or when access to air circulation is limited. Nüvü says this EMCCD capability is critical in order for CCCP to be integrated as an enhanced imaging solution in future space missions.

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Driven by astronomy applications, Nüvü Camēras is advancing towards a higher technology readiness level (TRL), imperative to the development of a space-grade product, while seizing cross-functional integration opportunities for its technology. The technological development roadmap towards space qualification has been prepared by the Canadian Space Agency and a TRL-5 version of CCCP is already in the design phase thanks to Canadian Space Agency support. With the goal of integrating a future major space mission, TRL-5 CCCP will be designed for space use and characterized under relevant conditions for optimization to this new environment. Space technology from Nüvü Camēras will be used for imaging of exoplanets, asteroid research, and space debris monitoring.

The opportunities arising from this innovation not only respond to the needs of the space industry but also those of the biomedical sector, already served by Nüvü Camēras. NüvüTM's EMCCD cameras not only enable qualitative diagnostics but also quantitative ones, to better fulfill modern medical requirements.

Nüvü, founded and based in Montreal since 2010, says that Canadian EMCCD technology is renowned internationally for its unrivalled imaging sensitivity, for ground and, soon, for space-based applications. Thanks to the support of the Canadian Space Agency and its partners in the space industry, Nüvü Camēras is on its way to space.

SOURCE: Nüvü Camēras; http://www.nuvucameras.com/news/

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