Herschel's Cryostat and Service Module Mated
19 September 2007During the course of the past few months the integration of the Herschel spacecraft has taken place at the Astrium facility in Friedrichshafen, Germany.
The Herschel spacecraft, scheduled for launch in 2008, is ESA's latest mission to explore the infrared Universe. To coincide with the mating of the cryostat and the service module, a media event was held 19 September and full details can be found at:
In addition a number of images and video footage have been released.
|Cryostat assembly and integration of HIFI's focal plane unit. Click here for more details.||Build-up of the Herschel spacecraft. Click here for more details.|
|Focal plane unit||Annotated illustration||Photometer detector array|
|Focal plane unit||FPU in cleanroom||Beam steering mirror|
|The photometer's internal components||Single bolometer of photometer||FPU in cleanroom|
The Focal Plane
|Integration of HIFI's focal plane unit (FPU) with the cryostat||Top view of the three instruments' FPUs in the top of the cryostat||Cutaway view of Herschel showing the focal plane|
Cryostat Vacuum Vessel
|Telescope||Solar array, sunshade||Cryostat|