The next navigation module prototype is ready for testing under real space conditions. This includes high vacuum, radiation, sunlight exposure and a shaking test to simulate forces during the launch.
The module is an embedded camera system with fast algorithms for determining the position of the sun and planets´ horizons for estimation of attitude and position in space. Star tracking tests are pending.
A monitoring board (right side) is connected to the module to measure the temperatures of the module´s components and all system voltages and currents. (10 Sep. 2011, Paul Kocyla)
succesfully tested in high vacuum
First navigation module prototype has been tested in the vacuum chamber and survived without any problems.