The electronics laboratory of the MPS develops, integrates, tests, and qualifies instruments for ground- and space-based applications. The staff members in the electronics department closely collaborate with the engineers in the scientific departments. For example, they produce complex electronic boards with up to ten layers and subsequently attend to equipping and testing of the circuit and finally put it into service.
The technicians taking care of these tasks all possess an ESA certificate for qualified soldering, which is re-taken every two years. They work at soldering stations that are equipped for flight hardware and that are insulated against electric discharges. Alternatively, complex and complicated electronics parts are fabricated by means of vapor-phase soldering. In addition, FPGAs (Field Programmable Gate Arrays) are programmed in VHDL (Very High Speed Integrated Circuit Hardware Description Language). For producing space qualified cables, all necessary equipment and ESA-certified staff is available.
The training workshop of the electronics laboratory currently trains one electronic technician per training year.