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Techniques et missions spatiales



Le satellite SVOM

SVOM is a French-Chinese mission dedicated to the study of gamma-ray bursts. The detection of bursts is carried out on board the satellite using the ECLAIRs gamma telescope developed by IRAP, IRFU and APC. This instrument, produced under the supervision of the CNES and under the scientific responsibility of IRAP, also makes it possible to locate the position of the jump in the sky with an accuracy of a few arc minutes.
The main objective of the SVOM satellite is to study gamma-ray bursts in several wavelengths ranging from visible to X-ray/Gamma. Gamma-ray bursts are astrophysical phenomena that occur at cosmological distances and are among the most energetic phenomena in the universe.
Research Group : GAHEC

  • Scientific Responsible : J-L Atteia
  • Technical Manager : R. Pons



TARANIS (Tool for the Analysis of RAdiation from lightNIng and Sprites) is a CNES microsatellite dedicated to the study of magnetosphere-ionosphere-atmosphere coupling via transient processes. The TARANIS mission has four main objectives: estimation of the rate of occurrence of TLEs and associated emissions, identification of triggering actors, characterization of TGFs and accelerated runaway electrons from the atmosphere to the magnetosphere, identification of the effects of TLEs and TGFs on the coupling between the ionosphere and the magnetosphere, identification of the role of precipitated electrons in the coupling between the magnetosphere and the atmosphere.
Research Group : PEPS

  • Scientific Responsible : P-L. Blelly
  • Technical Manager : P. Devoto



ExoMars is a mission of the ESA's optional program which aims at depositing a rover on Mars in 2021 (launch in 2020). The main scientific objective is to study the composition of the surface, with an emphasis on carbon compounds related to organic chemistry. IRAP participates in the Raman spectroscopy instrument (EPIRB: Raman Laser Spectrometer) by developing the Instrument Control & Excitation Unit (ICEU), with the status of Co-PI.

Objective :Studying the surface composition of Mars

Research Group : PEPS

  • Scientific Responsible : S. Maurice
  • Technical Manager : Y. Parot



Credit: ESA/NASA, Artist: M. Carroll

JUICE (JUpiter ICy moon Explorer) is the 1st Large Mission of the Cosmic Vision programme of the European Space Agency. Launched in 2022. Arrival 2029. End of mission 2033.

Objective: Exploration of the Jupiter magnetosphere and the ionized environments of the Galilean moons

Research Group : PEPS

  • Scientific Responsible : Nicolas ANDRE
  • Technical Manager : Olivier CHASSELA
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