Who we are
The prime objectives of the Instrumental and Technological Development Unit, UDIT, are the technology development for scientific instrumentation and the technical support to the IAA research departments.
With a staff of highly qualified engineers, specialized in Optics, Mechanics, Electronics, and Software, the UDIT carries out technology developments for either ground-based telescopes or rocket-, balloon-, and space-borne astronomical payload instrumentation. These developments require the analysis, design, prototyping, manufacturing, and integration of the instruments. Hence, the UDIT has a Mechanical workshop, and Optics, Electronics, and Software Laboratories, as well as two ISO Class 8 clean rooms to perform all these tasks.
The main lines of action in the development of scientific technology are:
- Analysis, design, integration and verification of astronomical instruments for rockets, stratospheric balloons, and scientific spacecrafts.
- Analysis, design, integration and verification of astronomical instruments for ground-based telescopes, for example for the telescopes of Calar Alto Observatory or the Sierra Nevada Observatory.
Headquarters : Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA)