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The Rosetta orbiter

The Rosetta orbiter

Date: 17 December 2013
Satellite: Rosetta
Depicts: Rosetta mission information panel (5 of 9)
Copyright: ESA

Scientific consortia from institutes across Europe and the United States provided the different instruments of the orbiter. Rosetta's industrial team involved more than 50 contractors from 14 European countries and the USA. The prime spacecraft contractor was Astrium Germany. Major subcontractors were Astrium UK who built the spacecraft platform, Astrium France who supplied the spacecraft avionics and Alcatel Alenia Spazio for assembly, integration and verification.

Rosetta's 11 instruments include several cameras, spectrometers and a number of sensors and experiments:

ALICE, Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrometer

CONSERT, Comet Nucleus Sounding Experiment by Radio Wave Transmission

COSIMA, Cometary Secondary Ion Mass Analyser

GIADA, Grain Impact Analyser and Dust Accumulator

MIDAS, Micro-Imaging Dust Analysis System

MIRO, Microwave Instrument for the Rosetta Orbiter

OSIRIS, Optical, Spectroscopic and Infrared Remote Imaging System

ROSINA, Rosetta Orbiter Spectrometer for Ion and Neutral Analysis

RPC, Rosetta Plasma Consortium: Ion Composition Analyser, Ion and Electron Sensor, Langmuir Probe, Fluxgate Magnetometer, Mutual Impedance Probe, Plasma Interface Unit

RSI, Radio Science Investigation

VIRTIS, Visible and Infrared Thermal Imaging Spectrometer


This panel is available in a print-ready version for the format 70 × 100 cm, which can be downloaded here as a PDF.


These exhibition panels were originally published on ESA's Exhibitions website.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
18-Jun-2024 15:59 UT

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