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Sensing Systems

Sensing Systems

ARQUIMEA Sensors Group develops custom sensing systems in close cooperation with scientists. Spaceflight sensors always meet the need of the instrument as well as the constraints of the mission (environmental and quality).

ARQUIMEA works closely with chemists, biologists, and physicists all over the World in order to have access to the latest most innovative sensing materials, MEMS, optical techniques, detectors...

Combined with our Integrated circuits Group, ARQUIMEA sensors group can provide you with latest sensing and front-ending technology for your instrument.

ARQUIMEA is an Aerospace and Defence qualified supplier (UNE: EN 9100:2010, ISO 9001:2008)



Space Wireless sensor networks for Planetary Exploration
SWIPE: Space Wireless sensor networks for Planetary Exploration

In order to prepare manned missions to other planets it is necessary to monitor permanently the surface environment and have a clear notion of its conditions. Hundreds or thousands of small wireless sensors could be dropped from a satellite orbiting the planet onto the surface to assure a uniform and sufficient coverage. These autonomous sensors would then create their own ad-hoc network while some of them, equipped with satellite communication capabilities, would establish a link between the wireless sensor network and the satellite. Data gathered from the sensors would be processed and sent to the satellite and later to Earth.


The main goal of the SWIPE project is to design and develop sensor node prototypes. The whole system will be integrated and evaluated in laboratory and in field tests on planetary surface analogues. An extensive research on novel multi-sensor data processing and data fusion techniques is also being carried out.


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Low-weight compact and reliable sensor
Low-weight compact and reliable sensor for the measurement of airbone dust concentration and characterization on Mars surface

MEIGA-MetNet Precursor Mission – Finish Meteorological Institute (FMI), Lavochkin Association, Russian Space Research Institute (IKI), Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aeroespacial (INTA) and University Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M).


The MetNet Precursor mission to Mars is based on a new type of semi-hard landing vehicle called MetNet Lander (MNL).

Lunar Dust Enviroment and Plasma Package
Lunar Dust Enviroment and Plasma Package - LDEPP (Lunar Lander Mission - ESA)

The ESA's Lunar Lander Mission aims to land in the mountainous and heavily cratered terrain of the lunar South Pole, possibly in 2018.


ARQUIMEA is responsible for the design concept of a light-weight Dust Sensor for Moon Dust under ESA contract. The instrument is based on a deployable cylinder cage based on metallic wires forming grids to measure the electric field distortion caused by the charged particles crossing it. The LDEPP permits a comprehensive characterization of the dust levitating near the Lander.


The consortium includes: Finnish Meteorological Institute (FI) as prime contractor, Swedish Institute of Space Physics (SE), University of Bern (CH) and ARQUIMEA (ES).

Dusty Plasma Enviroments: near-surface characterization and modeling - DPEM

Modeling requirements and the Preliminary Model Architecture definition for the modeling of near surface dusty plasmas (ESA).


Characterization and modeling of near-surface dusty environments relevant to missions that will closely approach and/or land on surfaces of bodies as Near Earth Objects, the Moon, Martian satellites Phobos and Deimos, Mercury or planetary moons.


ARQUIMEA contributes to the Modelling Requirements and the Preliminary Model Architecture definition for the modelling of near surface dusty plasmas.