AIDC and Cheng Kung University took a further step in their cooperation by joint participation in the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS-02) project. The two parties, represented respectively by AIDC Chairman Anson Liao and President Jenny Su of Cheng Kung University, signed an agreement on the development of condenser for the upgrade of the thermal control system in the AMS-02 project, which is an international project directed by the physics Nobel Laureate Prof. Samuel Ting. The new condenser will be installed by astronauts onto the AMS-02 detector after the thermal system passes the safety inspection by NASA.
AIDC’s first involvement in the AMS-02 occurred during 2006-2009 when AIDC supported Prof. Ting and his international team in the fabrication of the thermal control system that was part of the high energy physics experiment equipment that was installed on the international space station to cool down the equipment’s electronic system and the particle trackers. The cooling system has been in service for over 5 years on the space station with satisfactory performance. AIDC considers itself as an aerospace company capable of providing competent technical and engineering services to the global aerospace industry.
The AMS-02 detector was installed on the space station on May 19, 2011. In order to collect more data, the cooling system of the trackers on the detector requires timely upgrade. After several trips for discussions with Prof. Ting in Geneva, a conclusion was reached that AIDC and Cheng Kung University would team up to develop the new condenser for an upgraded cooling system.
AIDC Chairman Anson Liao indicated that the upgrade of the cooling system will be accomplished next year and is scheduled to be installed on the AMS-02 in 2019. He anticipates the success will bring visibility to the world of Taiwan’s research capacity in high energy physics and turn the spotlight to AIDC’s engineering capability in the aerospace industry.