Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said:
â€œI would like to offer huge congratulations to all at e2v who have been a part of history on the Rosetta mission. The work youâ€™ve done is a credit to Chelmsford, the UK and the world â€“ and is now having an impact from a comet 300 million miles away.â€
The Deputy Prime Minister visited the company in May 2012 to award Â£6m of funding from the Regional Growth Fund for a microwave technology project. The Government also awarded e2v Â£3.75 million in 2013 to create 130 new jobs and expand its world-leading silicon imaging technology, as used on Rosetta. A third award from the RGF was also made of Â£2.9m towards a medical technology project.
Background on the cameras:
One of the many e2v camera systems on the lander was taking pictures of the cometâ€™s surface while another filmed the descent and is taking images of the sites sampled by Philaeâ€™s instruments. The company also built three other camera systems on the main spacecraft, one that produced all the pictures shown so far, and others used for navigation and helping map the landing spot.
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