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Members of the BOOSTEC and Astrium team with the Gaia torus

Members of the BOOSTEC and Astrium team with the Gaia torus


Date: 22 July 2009
Satellite: Gaia
Depicts: The Gaia torus
Location: BOOSTEC premises at Bazet near Tarbes, France
Copyright: ESA

Pictured above are members of the BOOSTEC and Astrium team just after the torus removal from the brazing furnace.

The 3-metre diameter, quasi-octagonal torus, which will support the two Gaia telescopes and the focal plane assembly, is composed of 17 individual custom-built Silicon Carbide segments, all of which were constructed by BOOSTEC under contract to the Gaia prime contractor EADS Astrium.

Starting on 28 April 2009 the 17 custom-built elements were assembled and aligned into the form of the torus. The torus brazing took place from 24 – 29 June 2009. Following the successful completion of the brazing the torus will be delivered to EADS Astrium in Toulouse for assembly with the service module.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
11-Jul-2020 04:44 UT

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