Credits: CNSA

NG-MEDIUM and FUSIO-RT Mission completed on the dark face of the Moon!

Mission completed on the dark face of the Moon!

Paris, France – June 7, 2024 -NanoXplore and 3D PLUS are proud to announce their involvement in the successful Chang’e 6 mission, which recently landed on the far side of the Moon. The mission, led by China, aimed to collect lunar samples and install scientific equipment on the Moon’s surface. Both the landing and the collection of samples were resounding successes, with the shuttle now back in space.

Among the equipment installed was the French-made DORN (Detection of Outgassing RadoN) instrument, assembled in Toulouse by IRAP. This instrument was sent to measure radon emissions, a radioactive gas continuously produced in the lunar soil. The DORN instrument includes the FUSIO RT, which integrates the NG-MEDIUM FPGA from NanoXplore.

“3D PLUS is honored to have its products, including FUSIO RT, RIMC SDRAM and POL Converters, incorporated into this ambitious scientific instrument” Pierre-Eric Berthet, Director General . The FUSIO RT component is a key element of the DORN instrument. This computer core offers exceptional performance and resilience in the challenging space environment in one single miniaturized package. It can withstand radiation and extreme temperatures, ensuring the reliability and functionality of the instrument. “Our commitment to providing high-quality and reliable components for space applications has been proven once again with our involvement in the Chang’e-6 mission”, said Berthet.

FUSIO RT component embeds NanoXplore’s NG-MEDIUM, their first space qualified rad-hard FPGA thought and made for space. NG-MEDIUM is one of NanoXplore’s ever growing catalog of rad-hard FPGAs, composed of 65nm to 28nm FDSOI technology based on STMicroelectronics nodes, and has been selected in many space missions. Developed thanks to the continuous support of CNES, ESA and the European commission, the NG Family will also soon grow to incorporate the 7nm technology.

This mission marks a significant milestone in the histories of both 3D PLUS and NanoXplore, showcasing the tremendous effort and talent involved in deploying French and European equipment on the Moon. Both companies remain committed to providing innovative and groundbreaking technology for many years to come.