The project is thought to serve as the common interface for the development of quantum sensors in DLR. It is meant to be the framework for feasibility studies and shall support the design of sensor prototypes. Furthermore, a network of scientists and departments inside and outside DLR working in the framework of quantum sensors and satellite dynamics will be initialized.
The development of new sensors for future space missions requires diverse testing of the hardware. Additionally, simulation of the sensor’s behavior in the planned operation environment are necessary. In particular, based on this simulation ansatz knowledge is gained for quantum sensors performing as satellite payload as longtime experiences of operating quantum sensors in space are still missing. This is the starting point of “VirtualEnv - Virtual development environment for future missions with quantum sensors”. The project aims at developing the software “VirtualEnv” which is capable of simulating a fictious space mission with focus on quantum technology.
This simulation environment shall include a sensor model which serves as placeholder and reference model for future sensor developments in the quantum domain. It is thought to be used to produce mock data in a predefined data format. These data will be provided on a server for later data reduction procedures. The software VirtualEnv is designed in a modular way which allows for future enhancement. Within the project a demonstrator version of the software VirtualEnv will be developed including the whole simulation chain which is required for the data reduction of a satellite mission.