Onboard Data Processing Units

The second research group in the field of flight instruments focuses primarily on the development of of hard- and software for flight instruments.

Devices for satellite potential control have also played a significant role in the group's work. The first so-called active spacecraft potential control (ASPOC) was used for Interball in 1995, the most recent of which is currently being successfully used aboard NASA's MMS satellites.

The group is currently working on the central data processing unit for CHEOPS and on the DPU electronics for the wave experiment of Solar Orbiter. Furthermore, the ion camera for the mass spectrometer aboard BepiColombo was launched in 2018 and is now on its way to planet Mercury.