Test Facilities : Heritage


GOCI (Geostationary Ocean Color Imager) is an optical instrument of a geostationary platform. It is designed to collect images from the oceans all around Korean Peninsula, in several spectral bands. There are eight spectral bands, only in the visible. Manufactured by ASTRIUM SAS, it is onboard Communication, Ocean and Meteorological Satellite (COMS) in Korea. The instrument in developed for use in South Korea under KARI contract.  more


The Herschel Space Observatory is the first example of a new generation of space telescope, covering the full far infrared and sub-millimeter waveband. Its telescope, with a primary mirror of 3,5m diameter, will be the largest one
ever deployed in space. It will collect the light from distant objects such as newborn galaxies and focus it onto three cold detectors called HIFI, SPIRE and PACS.  more



NIRSPEC is one of the 3 instruments that will fly onboard the JWST, the successor of the Hubble Space telescope, to be launched in 2014. SAGEM is responsible for the NIRSPEC telescope, made of SiC, an ultra-stable ceramic material providing maximum stiffness for the lightweight mirrors.   more



After a test campaign of 10 months at CSL, the Planck spacecraft left Liege for the Kourou Space Center (French Guiana) in February 09. Planck was launched with success in May 2009, jointly with the Herschel spacecraft, by an Ariane 5 rocket. The Prime Contractor of Planck is Thales Alenia (Cannes). At CSL, a set-up specially designed for Planck spacecraft was developed in Focal5 in order to perform the cryogenic environment tests.  more

Read also  article on Reflexions site



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