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Industrial Team

Herschel was designed and built in a joint industrial programme with Planck, ESA's mission to study the cosmic microwave background radiation. The two satellites share more than just the launch: they have been implemented in a joint development process aimed at optimising resources by using a single ESA team interfacing to a single prime contractor and industrial team, and sharing design of spacecraft components whenever possible.

ESA's prime contractor for Herschel was Thales Alenia Space (Cannes, France), which led a consortium of industrial partners with Astrium (Friedrichshafen, Germany) responsible for the payload module, and the Thales Alenia Space industry branch (Turin, Italy) responsible for the service module. Astrium (Toulouse, France) provided the telescope. There was also more than 100 subcontractors spread throughout Europe.

Below is a list of the industrial team that built the Herschel spacecraft, arranged by country and company name.

Map of industry involvement in Herschel. Credit: ESA

 

Autriche/Austria

  Austria

Austrian Aerospace

Attitude Control Computer - Input/output boards and test equipment

Service Module - Mechanical Ground Support Equipment

Thermal Control - Multi Layer Insulation

Cryostat - Cover, Test Cavity

Cryostat - Multi Layer Insulation

Siemens Austria

Central Check-Out System - Software

Power & Telemetry Special Check-out Equipment
Tracking Control Special Check-out Equipment

 

 

Belgique/Belgium

  Belgium

Alcatel Bell

Cryogenics Special Check-out Equipment

Alcatel ETCA

Power Conditioning & Distribution Unit
Travelling Wave Tube Assembly

Euro Heat Pipes

Service Module - Heat Pipes

Nexans

Service Module - Harness

OIP

Video Monitoring Camera

RHEA

Mission Operations Information System

 

 

Danemark/Denmark

  Denmark

Danish Scientific Institute

Thermal Shields - Mechanical tests

Terma DK

Attitude Control and Measurement System - Application Software

Software Validation Facility

Central Check-out System - Testing and Integration Support

Payload Module - Assembly, Integration and Testing - Technical support

Ticra

Radio Frequency Expertise

 

 

Finlande/Finland

  Finland

Apollo

Solar Array - Brackets

Huurre Group Oy

Thermal Shields - Clean room for assembly

Japrotek Oy

Helium Tanks - Test cryostat vessel with equipment

Opteon Oy

Telescope - lapsing and polishing of primary mirror

Patria

Cryostat Control Unit

Powemec Oy

Thermal Shields - Welding Machinery

Space Software Finland

Central Data Management Unit - Application Software

VTT

Radio Frequency Suitcase

 

 

France/France

  France

Air Liquide

Cryostat Vacuum Vessel - Welding

Helium Tanks

Herschel Optical Bench Assembly - Thermal Links

System Tubing

Thermal Shields

Alcatel Space

Herschel / Planck Mission - Prime Contractor

Aubert Duval - Fortech

Reaction Control System - Hydrazine Tanks Shell Forgings

Boostec Industries

Telescope Reflectors and Hexapod - Silicon carbide component manufacture

EADS Astrium SAS

Telescope

European Test Services ETS

Service Module - Environmental Tests

Payload Module - Testing

Mecachrome

Reaction Control System - Hydrazine Tanks - Shell machining

Thales Electron Devices

Travelling Wave Tube Assembly - Travelling Wave Tube

 

 

Allemagne/Germany

  Germany

BOC Edwards

Cryogenic Vacuum Support Equipment - Refurbishment

Cryovac

Cryogenic Components - Test Cryostat

EADS Astrium (Friedrichshafen)

Cryo Harness - External harness

Extended Payload Module - Prime Contractor

EADS Eurocopter

Tank Support System - Straps

EADS Space Transportation (Lampoldshausen)

Reaction Control System

EADS Space Transportation (Ottobrun)

Tank Support System - Strap pre-tensioning device manufacture

ISO Qualification Model tubing modification

Liquid Helium Valves

EADS Space Transportation (Trauen)

Reaction Control System - Hydrazine tanks diaphragm material testing

European Test Services ETS

Service Module - Environmental Tests

Payload Module - Testing

IABG

Solar Array - Photovoltaic Assembly Testing

Kayser Threde

Mass and Thermal Dummies for Cold Components - Sensors

Service Module - Harness - Test and avionics model

Linde

Helium System Components

Phoenix

Cryostat Components - Inner Safety Valves

Rembe

Cryostat Components - Rupture Disks

RWE Space Solar Power

Solar Array - Photovoltaic Assembly Cells

Stoehr

Cryostat Components - Vacuum Port Safety Valves

Teldix

Attitude Control and Measurement System - Reaction Wheel Subsystem

Terma

Central Check-out System - Technical Support

Vitrociset

Central Check-out System : Software

Zeiss

Telescope - polishing of secondary mirror

 

 

 

Irlande/Ireland

  Ireland

Captec

Independent Software Validation & Verification

McGuinley

Product Assurance Support

System International

Service Module - Engineering Support

 

 

Italie/Italy

  Italy

Alenia Spazio

Service Module - Prime Contractor

Galileo Avionica

Solar Array - Photovoltaic Assembly

Laben

Attitude Control and Measurement System - Coarse Rate Sensor

Officine Galileo

Attitude Control and Measurement System - Star Tracker

Top Rel

Parts Procurement Co-agent

Vitrociset

Central Check-out System - Software

 

 

Norvège/Norway

  Norway

Kongsberg

Solar Array - Substrates

Prototech

Mass & Thermal Dummies for Warm Components

Mass and Thermal Dummies for Cold Components

 

 

Pays-Bas/Netherlands

  Netherlands

Dutch Space

Attitude Control and Measurement System

Solar Array

Lamers High Tech Systems

Herschel System Tubing

Satellite Services

Payload Module EGSE - Central Data Management Unit Special Check-out Equipment

Power and Telemetry Special Check-out Equipment - Data front end
Tracking Control Special Check-out Equipment - Data front end

Terma

Central Check-out System

TNO / TPD

Attitude Anomaly Detector
Sun Acquisition Sensor

 

 

Portugal/Portugal

  Portugal

Almeida & Silva

Spacecraft Mechanical Ground Support Equipment - Materials & dummies

Altrantec

Thermal Analysis Support

Certitasa

Spacecraft Mechanical Ground Support Equipment - Materials

Skysoft

Project Office Support

Tegopi

Spacecraft Mechanical Ground Support Equipment - Materials

 

 

Espagne/Spain

  Spain

Alcatel Espacio

Radio Frequency Distribution Network
X-Band Transponder

Calar Alto Observatory

Telescope - coating of both mirrors

Crisa

DC/DC converter for the X-Band transponder
PACS Signal Processing Units
PACS DEC/MEC CPU Module

EADS CASA

Service Module Shield
Payload Module to Service Module support structures

Service Module - Structures

Cryostat - Electrical harness

GMV

System Database

INTA

Satellite Radio Frequency Mock-up and Test - Technical support

MASA

Helium Tanks - Intermediate bulkhead machining & welding, mock-up machining

Media Consultores

Helium Tanks - Analysis support

Thermal Shields - Studies and analysis

RYMSA

Low Gain Antenna (LGA)
Medium Gain Antenna (MGA)

Spacecraft Radio Frequency Mock-up and Test

Payload Module - Waveguides

Sener

Attitude Control and Measurement System

Optical Bench Assembly

Tecnologica

Parts Procurement Agent

 

 

Suède/Sweden

  Sweden

Saab Ericson Space

Attitude Control Computer - Central data management unit and basic software

 

 

Suisse/Switzerland

  Switzerland

APCO

Cryostat - Vacuum Vessel

Helium Two Tank - Containers and Nastran models

Mass and thermal dummies for cold components

Payload Module - Mechanical Ground Support Equipment refurbishment

Spacecraft - Mechanical Ground Support Equipment

Bieri

Qualification Model Tank

HTS

Payload Module - Spatial Framework

 

 

Royaume-Uni/United Kingdom

  United Kingdom

AEA Technology

Batteries

Analyticon

Attitude Control Management System - Simulations

BOC Edwards

Cryogenic Vacuum Support Equipment - Refurbishment

Datasat

Electrical Engineering Support

MT Satellite Products

Reaction Control System - Hydrazine Tanks

Queen Mary College

Optical Windows

System International

Service Module - Engineering Support

 

 

États-Unis/United States

  United States

Ametek

Reaction Control System - Latch Valves

Moog

Reaction Control System - Pressure Transducer

Northrop Grumman

Attitude Control Management System - Gyroscope

PSI

Reaction Control System - Hydrazine Tanks Diaphragms

Tayco

Reaction Control System - Flow Control Valves

Vacco

Reaction Control System - Filters


Last Update: 21 September 2017

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