The Spanish National Institute of Aerospace Technology (INTA), through the Ariane Program Testing Centre (CEPA), is performing the tests necessary for the structural qualification of the Ariane 5 and 6 launchers and as well as for many other elements that will be included in the European Space Agency (ESA) missions. This requires the most innovative sensor and data acquisition technology to meet the strict requirements in terms of measuring of the dynamic behaviour of the structures, and deadlines.
CEPA uses a combination of HBK strain gauges, the CANHEAD amplifier system, the MGCplus data acquisition system and catman Enterprise DAQ software to acquire information on the structural components of the launchers and to work with up to 7000 simultaneous channels.
The HBM system creates a reliable and versatile measurement chain that provides the maximum precision possible, while reducing cost and test time. Most importantly ensures the safety of the Ariane launcher and their payloads, thus supporting space projects such as JUICE (Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer).