The MultiFlex Consortium had it’s 4th project meeting on January 14th – due to the ongoing Covid pandemic again through a video conference.
Despite of Covid 19, the project progesses significantly. The manufacturing of the AOMs by AA is finished now, and the machine is starting to take form in the lab of Lasea – the basic structure for the housing has been manufactured and the marble is already mounted.
Furthermore, many parts of the optical system are now available and have been tested – seperately as well as together. We are pleased to report that they all work together as designed and thus verify large parts of the complicated optical design.
However, we were sadly not able to finish the demonstrator machine in 2020, since shortly after our last project meeting in July 2020, Covid 19 worsened again in some countries, and thus restrictions were tightened again. We are now working on doing as much of the component integration as possible without the need for travel and hope that at least limited travel will be possible again in the second half of 2021 to finish the integration.
The MultiFlex Consortium had it’s 3rd project meeting on July 7th – not as planned at AA OPTO-ELECTRONIC in Orsay near Paris, but as a remote meeting through videochat.
In times of Covid 19 everybody gets more and more used to webmeetings and we all agree that it is not the same as meeting in person, but all in all it works very well.
Covid 19 affects also the progress of the MultiFlex project: The focus of the meeting was the first demonstrator machine, which is currently a couple of months delayed due to problems in the supply chain and restrictions in the manufacturing at some project partners.
Now that restrictions are lifting all around europe, we are optimistic to finish the demonstrator machine in fall of 2020 and can then start testing the interaction of all components and our processing approach as a whole.
The MultiFlex project had a first interim review meeting end
of November in Brussels.
We combined this with a regular project meeting to discuss the next steps towards our first demonstrators mid of 2020. We are making good progress and are optimistic to finish the demonstrator machine in time and start to tests all developed components.
During the review meeting with the EC we got fair and
helpful comments and advices about our work. This helps to steer our activities
in the right direction.
We all are looking forward to the next months with excitement and confidence.