The purpose of the AMS (Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer) project led by Academician Samuel C. C. Ting, the Nobel Prize winner, is to study Antimatter and Dark Matter in outer space.
The first phase of the AMS project, the AMS-01 project, was carried out by the Space Shuttle carrying a precision magnetic spectrometer in orbit at a distance of 400 kilometers from the ground for 10 days (June 2-12, 1998). This is the first systematic implementation of the relevant radiation enviromental experiments at this height. The results obtained have received great attention from the outside world and contributed to the second phase of the AMS project (the AMS-02 project).
The AMS-02 project is a large-scale international project led by Academician Samuel C. C. Ting (Professor, Department of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology). More than 600 physicists from 16 countries and 56 research institutions in the world participated in this project.
National Space Organization (NSPO): only space agency in Asia invited to participate in the project
NSPO was mainly responsible for thermal vacuum testing of electronic components manufactured by the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science & Technology (NCSIST) and full participation in the development of thermal control systems. NSPO completed a total of four thermal vacuum tests of flight computers and interface electronic components from 2002 to 2008. In 2008, NSPO completed the installation and thermal performance verification of heaters on radiation panels manufactured by Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC). In 2010, NSPO sent a test staff to the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC), to participate in the system thermal vacuum test throughout the process and successfully completed the task.
AMS-02 was successfully launched by the space shuttle Endeavour at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA, on May 16, 2011, and was deployed on the International Space Station for long-term scientific experiments.