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PLATO FPA. focal plane assembly of PLATO instrument
Author(s): J. Moreno; E. Vielba; A. Manjón; A. Motos; E. Vázquez; E. Rodríguez; D. Saez; M. Sengl; J. Fernández; G. Campos; D. Muñoz; M. Mas; A. Balado; G. Ramos; C. Cerruti; M. Pajas; I. Catalán; M. A. Alcacera; A. Valverde; P. Pflueger; I. Vera

Paper Abstract

This paper describes the thermo-mechanical design of the Focal Plane Assembly (FPA) of the PLAnetary Transits and Oscillations of stars (PLATO) Instrument, developed by INTA and LIDAX. This is an ESA program with OHB as industry prime. In terms of assembly, alignment, and operational stability very demanding needs are required by a huge focal plane composed of four CCDs to assure the proper performance. This is translated into a complex thermomechanical design which shall be also focused on the correct production approach of the main parts involved, including several processes, and taking into account the number of cameras, and therefore Focal Plane Assemblies, to be produced (26). Part of these challenges, and their associated risks, are mitigated by means of the development of a totally representative prototype, which is currently finishing the integration phase and facing the test campaign.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 July 2019
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 11180, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2018, 111803N (12 July 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2536050
Show Author Affiliations
J. Moreno, LIDAX (Spain)
E. Vielba, LIDAX (Spain)
A. Manjón, LIDAX (Spain)
A. Motos, LIDAX (Spain)
E. Vázquez, LIDAX (Spain)
E. Rodríguez, LIDAX (Spain)
D. Saez, LIDAX (Spain)
M. Sengl, LIDAX (Spain)
J. Fernández, LIDAX (Spain)
G. Campos, LIDAX (Spain)
D. Muñoz, LIDAX (Spain)
M. Mas, INTA (Spain)
A. Balado, INTA (Spain)
G. Ramos, INTA (Spain)
C. Cerruti, INTA (Spain)
M. Pajas, INTA (Spain)
I. Catalán, INTA (Spain)
M. A. Alcacera, INTA (Spain)
A. Valverde, INTA (Spain)
P. Pflueger, INTA (Spain)
I. Vera, INTA (Spain)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11180:
International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2018
Zoran Sodnik; Nikos Karafolas; Bruno Cugny, Editor(s)

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