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Higgs Centre for Innovation
Higgs Centre for Innovation
The Higgs Centre for Innovation (part of STFC-UKRI) is a new purpose-built, industry-focused centre containing both dedicated cleanrooms and business incubation facilities. The cleanrooms contain test and integration facilities targeted at the regional SME community, focused on complete Micro- and Nano-Sats (including CubeSats), as well as components and sub-systems for larger satellites
A dedicated suite of test facilities, designed for SME use, housed within a cleanroom environment, aimed at Micro- and Nano-Sats (including CubeSats), as well as components and sub-systems for larger satellites. These incorporate both Environmental Testing (thermal, vacuum, vibration, EMC/EMI), as well as Functional Testing (optical payload, electronic flat-sats, SpaceWire, RF comms). These facilities are housed within a suite of cleanrooms (ISO5-7) – including both the vibration and EMC test facilities.
Facilities are available now – with future upgrades and enhancements planned. All facilities are available for commercial use, with expertise included (both test design and facility operation) – and were designed specifically for that purpose, with suitable attention given to confidentiality (separate cleanroom areas, secure access to buildings, etc). Click
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The Higgs Bell Cryostat is suited to a number of low temperature vacuum testing applications.
Higgs Electronic Functional Test facilities
The Higgs Centre is full equipped for many common space system electronics functional testing requirements.
Higgs EMC & RFI Testing Facilities
The Higgs EMC & RFI testing facilities are suited to a number of general EMC and RFI testing scenarios.
Higgs Environmental Chamber
The Higgs Environmental Testing Chamber is suited to a number of thermal testing activities and bakeout.
Higgs Materials Cryostat
The Higgs materials Cryostat is a precision controlled small cryostat suited to low temperature small systems testing.
Higgs Optical Test facilities
The Higgs Optical testing facilities are suitable for spacecraft optical attitude sensing systems.
Higgs RF Comms facilities
Higgs RF comms facilities embrace VHF to S-band.
Higgs SpaceWire Facility
The Higgs SpaceWire Facility features full SpaceWire electronic communications testing facilities. It is populated with a suite of test equipment from both STAR-Dundee and 4Links.
Higgs Sump Cryostat
The Higgs Sump Cryostat is suited to testing of rotary systems (motors etc.) down to 20K.
Higgs Swiss Cryostat
The Higgs Swiss Cryostat is suited to general vacuum compatibility testing.
Higgs Vibration Facility
The Higgs Vibration facility is suitable for general vibration testing of subsystem or nanosatellite systems.