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ROSETTA

 

” MANY THANKS TO ALL “
Jean-Luc Josset, Former Project Manager at CSEM of the Rosetta Philae CIVA cameras development (funded by CNES) delivered to Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale (IAS France) PI J.-P. Bibring

ROSETTAposter

Name Rosetta
Goal Study of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
Mission description « ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft will be the first to undertake the long-term exploration of a comet at close quarters. It comprises a large orbiter, which is designed to operate for a decade at large distances from the Sun, and a small lander. Each of these carries a large complement of scientific experiments designed to complete the most detailed study of a comet ever attempted. » credits to ESA
Launch 2 mars 2004
Landing Nov 2014
End of mission Dec 2015

 

CSEM was mandated by the Institut Astrophysique Spatiale (IAS, F) and CNES.

The team led by J.-L. Josset as project manager at CSEM was responsible of the development, manufacturing and tests of 7 cameras for CIVA instrument (PI J-P Bibring) on the Rosetta Philae Lander.

 

 


 

Brief history of the development

First Step – 1992-1997 – Development of ESA TRP Micro Camera

– The development of this project was possible with the support of the Technology Research Programme (TRP) of the European Space Agency (ESA) (P. Plancke Technical Officer and F. Mazzaglia Contract Officer).

– These TRP projects allowed CSEM (Project Manager Jean-Luc Josset) to develop, thanks to its key high level research engineers and its key partners, one of the world smallest digital camera in the 1995 years. See picture below

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1992-1994  New Technologies for Space Planetary Missions.

CSEM mandated by ESA (TRP)

Assessment of the potential technologies at electronics, components and assembly level for compact, low mass and low power systems for low temperature operation

 1995-1997 Development of a Modular Micro-Imager for Planetary Exploration. CSEM mandated by ESA TRP micro-nano technologies

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(©CSEM M. Perdrix)

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Second Step – 1998-2001 – Development of the CIVA’s Micro Camera

ESA Rosetta mission approved.

CIVA Science Instrument proposal by IAS France, PI J.-P. Bibring, selected.

1998 CSEM mandated by IAS in France funded by CNES for the development.

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Selfie of the ESA TRP Prototype Camera,

14 April 1998

 
The same partners (see above) and almost same team organization of the prototype camera developed in the first phase for ESA TRP worked on the project.

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Rosetta CIVA microcamera breadboard development, …not so simple…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mechanical Test vibration at CSEM

Sept. 1999

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Petitpierre SA Mechanical Parts delivered to CSEM March 2000

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Part of the CSEM’s Team for the cameras development

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Testing and qualification at CSEM

The delivery of the cameras was performed with success during the year 2001.

Note the great support and expertise given by CNES and IAS for the accomplishment of the project.

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Find hereafter pictures of the Rosetta/Philae/CIVA micro-cameras.

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Flight Models CIVA Cameras, Credits CIVA/IAS courtesy of J.-P. Bibring

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It was a very long-term project that involved many people !

Looking forward for a success landing on the comet and go-on to see the next step: a panorama view taken ON the comet 67P !

Good luck to ESA and CIVA instrument operation team.

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