Space Instrumentation : AA-SO2/SO6

Responsible : M. Giard

Effectifs : 25 etp (équivalents temps-plein, hors CDD et prestataires)

Current situation

The equipment and expertise needed for the design and implementation of onboard instruments for major space observatories and robotic missions intending to explore the solar system are combined into a single IRAP platform. The capabilities of this platform relate to the development, the integration and the testing of instruments before the flight, as well as their characterization, their calibration and their operation during the flight. Current achievements include the following instruments:

    • Responsible : I. Dandouras
    • The ESA CLUSTER mission studies the interactions between the solar wind and the terrestrial magnetosphere. Further details ...
  • SVOM (AA-SO2)
    • Responsible : J.L. Attéia
    • The main scientific objective of SVOM (in partnership with China) is the study of gamma-ray bursts, the most violent events of the universe after the Big Bang. The physical phenomena that they involve are of interest to high-energy astrophysics. But because of their extreme brightness, these stars also have great potential for cosmology, and at first, for the detection of the first stars in the universe and a survey of the cosmos likely to reveal the nature of Dark Energy. IRAP is responsible for the complete delivery of the calibrated detection plane of ECLAIRs payload (6400 detectors, with their power, management and analysis electronics), the onboard computer of the MXT instrument, the Center instrument of MXT (responsible for monitoring the performance of the telescope during the flight). IRAP is increasingly involved in the SVOM Center for Scientific Mission (eg responsible for the distribution of the alerts to the community), and coordinates the SVOM France "Science witout bursts" activities.
  • Cosmic Vision : Athena (AA-SO2)
    • Responsible : D. Barret 
    • Pre-selected Mission within the Cosmic Vision program of ESA, in competition for the selection of the L1 mission in spring 20124 for launch in 2022.
  • Cassini-Huygens (AA-SO2)
    • Responsible : N. André
  • Mars Express (AA-SO2)
    • Responsible : A. Fedorov
  • Rosetta (AA-SO2)
    • Responsible : C. Mazelle
    • IRAP is deeply involved in this mission of the European Space Agency, one of the most ambitious missions in the history of space exploration, both in the instrumental part and the scientific program : participation in the orbiter payload (design of the electronic management of the spectrometer of neutral and ionized gas ROSINA (Rosetta Orbiter Spectrometer for Ion and Neutral Analysis) , contribution to the development of the hyper-frequency sonar CONSERT and of the lander (tests of the X, alpha and protons spectrometer, APXS). Further details ...
  • Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission (AA-SO2)
    • Responsible : B. Lavraud
  • Mars Science Laboratory (AA-SO2)
    • Responsible : Sylvestre Maurice
    • IRAP and the UMS of OMP conceived the rocky spectroscopy instrument by laser shooting at distance (ChemCam) which was delivered to NASA for its carrying in 2011 towards Mars onboard the MSL robot. IRAP is responsible for the technical monitoring and the scientific operations of this instrument. Further details ...
  • Bepi Colombo (Serena) (AA-SO2)
    • OMP Responsible : N. André
    • IRAP is responsible for several scientific payloads of this ESA mission to be launched in 2018 and must reach the planet Mercury in order to study its space environment orbiter) and place a robot on the surface. Further details ...
  • ExoMars (AA-SO2)
    • Responsible : Sylvestre Maurice
  • JUICE (AA-SO2)
    • Responsible : N. André
    • This mission will carry out an in-depth study of the Jovian system and its four largest satellites, with particular emphasis on Ganymede and Europa. Further details ...
  • Solar Orbiter (AA-SO2)
    • Responsible : P. Louarn
    • M1 mission decided by ESA within the Cosmic Vision program (launch in 2017). This platform will approach the Sun at a distance equivalent to 62 times its radius in order to study our star and its nearest environment from a privileged position. IRAP contributes to several on-board instruments on this mission, with significant responsibility regarding the construction of the ion spectrometern SWA (Ph. Louarn CoPI).


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