CSEM leading the way in instrumentation for space and terrestrial applications
CSEM’s ‘Instrumentation’ unit is a leader in developing and delivering cutting-edge instruments and solutions for space exploration and observation, as well as terrestrial and industrial applications. CSEM’s expertise in precision and watch mechanisms, atomic clocks, lasers, lidars, photonic integrated circuits, control, metrology, and system engineering has enabled it to create innovative products and systems that meet the high standards, precision, and strict regulatory challenges of Industry and beyond.
Steve Lecomte, the new VP Business Unit Leader for Instrumentation, has been at CSEM for over 15 years, and has contributed to many groundbreaking projects, involving both remote‑ and direct-sensing instruments. He has also forged strong partnerships with key players in the industrial and Swiss space sectors, as well as with international bodies like the European Space Agency (ESO), the European Southern Observatory, and the National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA). Steve says:
“Scientific instruments are not just tools, they are windows to the wonders of the Universe and our life. They reveal the secrets of planetary geology, atmosphere, and environmental conditions. They also serve the needs of humanity on Earth, for various applications, such as mapping, weather forecasting, localization, and environmental monitoring. At CSEM, we create value for our clients and society by developing and applying these innovative instruments.”
Most recently, CSEM developed a state-of-the-art laser frequency comb that is calibrating the NIRPS spectrograph at the European Southern Observatory’s La Silla observatory in Chile. The NIPRS spectrograph searches for Earth-like planets around nearby stars to help us ultimately understand if life is present elsewhere in the Universe.
By separating its ‘Systems’ unit into two distinct activities, CSEM has enhanced its efficiency and innovation potential, and has consolidated its leadership in the fields of Medtech and Instrumentation.