The 2nd national meeting on optical/infrared astronomical instrumentation
The rationale is to review and discuss the existing and potential Finnish involvement in current and future facilities for observational astronomy, either ground-based or space-based. The meeting follows the first such meeting in Kumpula in February 2014


10.00 Welcome, tour de table, overview of landscape

10.10 Hannu Kurki-Suonio: Euclid


10.30 Alexis Finoguenov: ELT-MOS aka MOSAIC


10.40 Jari Kotilainen: MOSAIC Consortium news


11.00 Coffee break

11.20 Michael Andersen: NTE @ NOT


11.45 Seppo Mattila: SOXS @ NTT


12:00 Hakala: UltraCAM @ NTT

12.10 Discussion

13.00 End of meeting, lunch at Tuorla Guesthouse

Michael Andersen, DARK, Univ. Copenhagen, Denmark
Roberto De Propris, Univ. Turku
Alexis Finoguenov, Univ. Helsinki
Pasi Hakala, Univ. Turku
Peter Johansson, Univ. Helsinki
Heidi Korhonen, Univ. Turku
Jari Kotilainen, Univ. Turku
Hannu Kurki-Suonio, Univ. Helsinki
Juhani Peltonen, Aboa Space Research (ASRO)
Seppo Mattila, Univ. Turku
Pasi Nurmi, Univ. Turku
Juri Poutanen, Univ. Turku
Heikki Salo, Univ. Oulu
Tuomas Savolainen, Aalto Univ.
Leo Takalo, Univ. Turku

  Aboa Space Research Oy (ASRO)

Aboa Space Research Oy (ASRO) is a small spin-off company of the Space Research Laboratory of the Univ. of Turku, founded in 1999. The company has developed instruments both for deep space and close to Earth missions. Most of the applications have been related to the radiation monitoring in space and to the building of embedded systems: sensors, electronics logic, computing and communication. Currently ongoing are the final tests of the SIXS-P instrument for the BepiColombo satellite (Mercury mission). Here ASRO works as a subcontractor for the Univ. of Helsinki.
Other activities of ASRO have included studies on the optical observations of space debris. Our former CEO managed the ESA 1m OGS telescope in Tenerife and ASRO developed some hardware (like cooled camera) and software for the OGS. Recently we have been involved in a couple of space debris projects for ESA/ESOC. E.g. the StreakDet project was done in co-operation with the Geodetic Institute of Finland and with a company Kovilta. (Debris leaves faint streaks/dots when passing the astronomy image. Detection algorithms and software were developed in the project). Ongoing is also an industrial project with extremely high data rate imaging and with in parallel readouts. -- In short, we have experience in software development for astronomy imaging, experience in using related/various data bases, we can build the electronics for the sensor readouts, and can use e.g. hardware acceleration in the image handling.
ASRO was founded by the  people who are both scientists and instrumentalists. We have then added skilful technical people to our staff.  We like to take challenges, and are used to work in long science projects. If interested, please visit the page to see more. Feel welcome also to contact us.
Our contact person is CEO

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