The European Space Agency (ESA) is implementing a new approach to research and development, called Star Tiger, which is designed to reduce the time it takes to develop promising technology. The agency is seeking scientists for the pilot Star Tiger project which is aimed at producing a compact colour terahertz imager using micro-machining technology, which will have a range of space applications including astronomy, atmospheric physics and Earth and environment monitoring.

Star Tiger projects will bring a small group of researchers together, with full access to laboratory and production facilities, removing all administrative distractions, and allow them to work on the project for an intense period of four to six months.

The terahertz imager will be designed to operate in two frequencies - 250GHz and 300GHz - and provide information on naturally emitted waves invisible to the naked eye.

Source: Flight International