The experiment is composed of two main boxes. Inside the gondola there are all electronic components: An Onboard Computer, an Onboard Data Handling Unit, a Power Distribution Unit and for each camera a preprocessing board. On the outside there is the sensor box including a near infrared camera, a visual light camera and a mini spectrometer and their redundant counterparts. Those will be mounted separately, but in the same configuration. This shifted box is necessary to provide an unrestricted field of view downwards.
First detailed planning is coming to an end and we would like to give you a little insight on the mechanical and electronical design of QUEST. Click here for an overview of QUEST’s construction.