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ASPIICS: an externally occulted coronagraph for PROBA-3: Design evolution
Author(s): Etienne Renotte; Elena Carmen Baston; Alessandro Bemporad; Gerardo Capobianco; Ileana Cernica; Radoslav Darakchiev; François Denis; Richard Desselle; Lieve De Vos; Silvano Fineschi; Mauro Focardi; Tomasz Górski; Rafał Graczyk; Jean-Philippe Halain; Aline Hermans; Carl Jackson; Christian Kintziger; Jacek Kosiec; Nektarios Kranitis; Federico Landini; Vít Lédl; Giuseppe Massone; Alexandra Mazzoli; Radek Melich; Dominique Mollet; Michał Mosdorf; Gianalfredo Nicolini; Bogdan Nicula; Piotr Orleański; Marie-Catherine Palau; Maurizio Pancrazzi; Antonis Paschalis; Radek Peresty; Jean-Yves Plesseria; Miroslaw Rataj; Marco Romoli; Cédric Thizy; Michel Thomé; Kanaris Tsinganos; Ryszard Wodnicki; Tomasz Walczak; Andrei Zhukov
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Paper Abstract

PROBA-3 is a mission devoted to the in-orbit demonstration of precise formation flying techniques and technologies for future ESA missions. PROBA-3 will fly ASPIICS (Association de Satellites pour l’Imagerie et l’Interferométrie de la Couronne Solaire) as primary payload, which makes use of the formation flying technique to form a giant coronagraph capable of producing a nearly perfect eclipse allowing to observe the sun corona closer to the rim than ever before. The coronagraph is distributed over two satellites flying in formation (approx. 150m apart). The so called Coronagraph Satellite carries the camera and the so called Occulter Satellite carries the sun occulter disc. This paper is reviewing the design and evolution of the ASPIICS instrument as at the beginning of Phase C/D.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 August 2014
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 9143, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 91432M (2 August 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2056784
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Etienne Renotte, Ctr. Spatial de Liège, Univ. de Liège (Belgium)
Elena Carmen Baston, AE Electronics S.A. (Romania)
Alessandro Bemporad, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Torino (Italy)
Gerardo Capobianco, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Torino (Italy)
Ileana Cernica, National Institute for Research and Development in Microtechnologies (Romania)
Radoslav Darakchiev, Astri Polska Sp. z o. o. (Poland)
François Denis, Ctr. Spatial de Liège, Univ. de Liège (Belgium)
Richard Desselle, Ctr. Spatial de Liège, Univ. de Liège (Belgium)
Lieve De Vos, OIP Sensor Systems (Belgium)
Silvano Fineschi, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Torino (Italy)
Mauro Focardi, INAF - Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri (Italy)
Tomasz Górski, WB Electronics S.A. (Poland)
Rafał Graczyk, Ctr. Badań Kosmicznych Polskiej Akademii Nauk (Poland)
Jean-Philippe Halain, Ctr. Spatial de Liège, Univ. de Liège (Belgium)
Aline Hermans, Ctr. Spatial de Liège, Univ. de Liège (Belgium)
Carl Jackson, SensL Technologies Ltd. (Ireland)
Christian Kintziger, Ctr. Spatial de Liège, Univ. de Liège (Belgium)
Jacek Kosiec, Creotech Instruments S.A. (Poland)
Nektarios Kranitis, National and Kapodistrian Univ. of Athens (Greece)
Federico Landini, INAF - Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri (Italy)
Vít Lédl, Institute of Plasma Physics of the ASCR, v.v.i. (Czech Republic)
Giuseppe Massone, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Torino (Italy)
Alexandra Mazzoli, Ctr. Spatial de Liège, Univ. de Liège (Belgium)
Radek Melich, Institute of Plasma Physics of the ASCR, v.v.i. (Czech Republic)
Dominique Mollet, OIP Sensor Systems (Belgium)
Michał Mosdorf, N7 Mobile sp. z o.o. (Poland)
Gianalfredo Nicolini, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Torino (Italy)
Bogdan Nicula, Royal Observatory of Belgium (Belgium)
Piotr Orleański, Ctr. Badań Kosmicznych Polskiej Akademii Nauk (Poland)
Marie-Catherine Palau, Astri Polska Sp. z o. o. (Poland)
Maurizio Pancrazzi, INAF - Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri (Italy)
Antonis Paschalis, National and Kapodistrian Univ. of Athens (Greece)
Radek Peresty, Serenum a.s. (Czech Republic)
Jean-Yves Plesseria, Ctr. Spatial de Liège, Univ. de Liège (Belgium)
Miroslaw Rataj, Ctr. Badań Kosmicznych Polskiej Akademii Nauk (Poland)
Marco Romoli, Univ. degli Studi di Firenze (Italy)
Cédric Thizy, Ctr. Spatial de Liège, Univ. de Liège (Belgium)
Michel Thomé, Ctr. Spatial de Liège, Univ. de Liège (Belgium)
Kanaris Tsinganos, National and Kapodistrian Univ. of Athens (Greece)
Ryszard Wodnicki, Solaris Optics S.A. (Poland)
Tomasz Walczak, PCO S.A. (Poland)
Andrei Zhukov, Royal Observatory of Belgium (Belgium)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9143:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
Jacobus M. Oschmann; Mark Clampin; Giovanni G. Fazio; Howard A. MacEwen, Editor(s)

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