The Gaia Torus prior to brazing
Date: 22 July 2009
Depicts: The Gaia torus prior to brazing
Location: BOOSTEC premises at Bazet near Tarbes, France
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. It is pictured here during the preparations for brazing at the BOOSTEC facility.
Last Update: 1 September 2019