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Industrial Team

ESA's prime contractor for Planck is Thales Alenia Space (Cannes, France), leading a consortium of industrial partners with the Thales Alenia Space industry branch of Turin (Italy) responsible for the service module. ESA and the Danish National Space Centre (Copenhagen, Denmark, funded by the Danish Natural Science Research Council) provided Planck's telescope mirrors, manufactured by Astrium (Friedrichshafen, Germany).

The HFI instrument was built by a consortium of more than 20 institutes, led by the Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale in Orsay (France). The LFI instrument was built by a consortium of more than 20 institutes, led by the Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale e Fisica Cosmica in Bologna (Italy).

There is also a host of subcontractors spread throughout Europe, with a few more in the USA. Below is a list of the industrial team that has built the Planck spacecraft, arranged alphabetically by country and by company:


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

Siemens Austria

Central Check-Out System - Software

Siemens Austria

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


Belgique/Belgium

  Belgium

Alcatel ETCA

Power Conditioning and Distribution Unit
Travelling Wave Tube Assembly

AMOS

Spacecraft Testing - Facility Development

CSL

Telescope and Cryostructure - Studies and Tests

Spacecraft - Testing

Euro Heat Pipes

Service Module - Heat Pipes

Nexans

Service Module - Harness

OIP

Video Monitoring Camera

RHEA

Mission Operations Information System


Danemark/Denmark

  Denmark

Promecon

Spacecraft Mechanical Ground Support Equipment and Container - Access frame and parts

Rovsing

Thermal Equipment for Spacecraft Testing

Terma

Attitude Control and Measurement System - Application Software

Software Validation Facility

Central Check-out System - Testing and Integration Support

Ticra

Radio Frequency Expertise


Finlande/Finland

  Finland

Space Software Finland

Central Data Management Unit - Application software

VTT

Radio Frequency Suitcase


France/France

  France

Alcatel Space

Herschel / Planck Mission - Prime Contractor
Planck Payload Module

Aubert Duval - Fortech

Reaction Control System - Hydrazine Tanks Shell Forgings

CEA, Lemta, Air Liquide, LEEE

Telescope and Cryostructure - Studies and Tests

European Test Services

Service Module - Environmental Tests

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

Telescope Reflectors

EADS Space Transportation - Lampoldshausen

Reaction Control System

EADS Space Transportation - Trauen

Reaction Control System - Hydrazine tanks diaphragm material testing

European Test Services

Service Module - Environmental Tests

IABG

Solar Array - Photovoltaic Assembly Testing

Kayser-Threde

Service Module Harness - Test and Avionics Model

RWE Space Solar Power

Solar Array - Photovoltaic Assembly Cells

Teldix

Attitude Control and Measurement System - Reaction Wheel Subsystem

Terma

Central Check-out System - Technical Support

Vitrociset

Central Check-out System - Software


Irlande/Ireland

  Ireland

Captec

Independent Software Validation and 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

Vitrociset

Central Check-out System - Software


Pays-Bas/Netherlands

  Netherlands

Dutch Space

Attitude Control and Measurement System

Solar Array

Satellite Services BV

Payload Module - Electrical Ground Support Equipment
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

Sun Acquisition Sensor, Attitude Anomaly Detector


Norvège/Norway

  Norway

Kongsberg

Solar Array - Substrates

KSMV

Spacecraft Mechanical Ground Support Equipment and Container - Adapter

Prototech

Mass and Thermal Dummies for Warm Components


Portugal/Portugal

  Portugal

Almeida and Silva

Spacecraft Mechanical Ground Support Equipment and Container - Structural components

Altrantec

Thermal Analysis Support

OGMA

Telescope and Cryostructure - Reference template

Skysoft

Project Office Support

Tegopi

Spacecraft Mechanical Ground Support Equipment and Container - Structural components and frame


Espagne/Spain

  Spain

Alcatel Espacio

Radio Frequency Distribution Network, X-Band Transponder

Crisa

Sorption Cooler Electronics
LFI Radiometric Electronics Box Assembly
HFI Cooler Drive Electronics Pre-Regulator

EADS / CASA

Service Module Shield
Payload Module to Service Module support structures

Service Module Structures

GMV

System Database

INTA

Satellite Radio Frequency Mock-up and Test - Technical support

RYMSA

Low Gain Antenna, Medium Gain Antenna

Spacecraft Radio Frequency Mock-up and Test

Sener

Attitude Control and Measurement System

Talleres Mercier

Telescope and Cryostructure - Stands, jigs and containers

TAM

Telescope and Cryostructure - Qualification Model (QM) components manufacture

Tecnologica

Parts Procurement Agent


Royaume-Uni/United Kingdom

  United Kingdom

AEA Technology

Batteries

Analyticon

Attitude Control Management System - Simulations

BOC Edwards

Refurbishment of Cryogenic Vacuum Support Equipment - Manufacturing

Datasat

Electrical Engineering Support

MT Satellite Products

Reaction Control System - Hydrazine Tanks

System International

Service Module Engineering Support


Suède/Sweden

  Sweden

Saab Ericson Space

Attitude Control Computer - Central Data Management Unit and Basic Software


Suisse/Switzerland

  Switzerland

APCO

Spacecraft Mechanical Ground Support Equipment and Container

Contraves

Telescope and Cryostructure


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: 24 February 2009

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