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 astrophysical 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.