We are very pleased to be working with the German Aerospace Center (DLR). We took the opportunity to ask research scientist Douglas Laidlaw a few questions.
Could you tell us something about the project?
We have asked Finkernagel to manufacture an adapter for us. This adapter will be used to fix a DLR instrument to the 0.8-metre telescope at the Zimmerwald Observatory, Switzerland. This instrument will receive laser communication signals from an orbiting spacecraft, and test novel data analysis techniques for characterizing the atmospheric channel.
Why did you choose Finkernagel as your supplier?
I first heard about Finkernagel through recommendations from DLR colleagues. The company came with the reputation for being an efficient and reliable manufacturer. After having now worked with Finkernagel, I can say that the company lives up to this reputation during every stage of the manufacturing process.
What was special about working with Finkernagel?
Working with people who are enthusiastic and passionate about their work.
About the Zimmerwald Observatory:
The Zimmerwald Observatory is an observatory and satellite station in the Zimmerwald district of the Swiss municipality of Wald. It is located on a hill about 10 kilometers south of Bern. Zimmerwald Observatory (IAU code 026) is affiliated with the Astronomical Institute of the University of Bern and began operations in 1956. The asteroid (1775) "Zimmerwald", discovered on May 13, 1969 by Swiss astronomer Paul Wild, was named after its observing site and the location where Wild first observed some of the objects he discovered in the asteroid belt. (Source: Wikipedia)