Central Services

Central Services

The central services consist of the technical branches of construction, mechanics, clean rooms and test laboratories, electronics laboratories, and of the general services branch. This includes the computer center, the library, and the administration.

The MPS participates in numerous international space missions with its own scientific instruments. These are designed, developed, built, and tested for space suitability mainly at the institute´s technical facilities.

For this, members of staff in construction first produce exact drawings and plans of the new instruments. The mechanic and electronic subsystems are then manufactured in the workshops and laboratories according to these models. Several endurance tests are then performed, for instance, in the termal-vacuum chambers and at the vibration test stand. Only after passing these tests are the individual parts assembled to a full scientific instrument in the clean- and calibration rooms. Finally, the entire instrument is again closely checked for quality.

In parallel, members of staff of the computer center delvelop the operationg- and analysis software for the instrument in collaboration with the scientists. In addition, the computer center supports the scientists in analyzing scientific data and provides the necessary computation for numerical simulations.

Members of staff of mechanical design, design and plan the components of the scientific instruments. Their tasks include developing the concepts, technical documentation, quality management, and supervising the subsequent production.

Mechanical Design

Members of staff of mechanical design, design and plan the components of the scientific instruments. Their tasks include developing the concepts, technical documentation, quality management, and supervising the subsequent production. [more]
The Workshop consists of precision mechanics, measuring- and surface technics and a fitting department.

Workshop

The Workshop consists of precision mechanics, measuring- and surface technics and a fitting department. [more]
The electronics laboratory of the MPS develops, integrates, tests, and qualifies instruments for ground- and space-based applications.

Electronics Laboratory

The electronics laboratory of the MPS develops, integrates, tests, and qualifies instruments for ground- and space-based applications. [more]
The space instruments are integrated in cleanrooms and subjected to various tests.

Testing facilities and cleanrooms

The space instruments are integrated in cleanrooms and subjected to various tests.
The computer center manges the entire IT-infrastructure necessary for running a research institute that focuses on experiments and theoretical simulations.

Computer Center

The computer center manges the entire IT-infrastructure necessary for running a research institute that focuses on experiments and theoretical simulations. [more]
The library is a scientific reference and specialized library with monographs and reference books. It serves the scientific members of staff and guests of the instutute as well as the students of the International Max Planck Research School

Library

The library is a scientific reference and specialized library with monographs and reference books. It serves the scientific members of staff and guests of the instutute as well as the students of the International Max Planck Research School

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The administration of the MPS is resonsible for smooth working processes at the institute behind the scenes. It is concerned with human resources, accounting, procurements and the administration od external funds.

Administration

The administration of the MPS is resonsible for smooth working processes at the institute behind the scenes. It is concerned with human resources, accounting, procurements and the administration od external funds. [more]

 
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