Astrophysical instrumentation

Space instrumentation

Some scientific projects require observations outside the Earth's atmosphere, for which balloons or artificial satellites are necessary. These missions and experiments are carried out with scientific instruments developed by large international consortiums. Since its inception, the IAC has been participating in this type of projects, developing on-board instrumentation and instrumentation for ground segments.

  • Componentes del experimento PLATO
    PLATO (PLAnetary Transits and Oscillations of stars)

    PLAnetary Transits and Oscillations of stars (PLATO) is the third medium-class mission in ESA's Cosmic Vision programme. Its objective is to find and study a large number of extrasolar planetary systems, with emphasis on the properties of terrestrial planets in the habitable zone around solar-like stars

  • Tres fotos del Instrumento con fondos de galaxias en distintos vistas

    The Near Infrared Spectrometer and Photometer (NISP) is an infrared spectrograph for the EUCLID mission. The aim of EUCLID is to obtain a map of the Dark matter of the Universe. NISP will provide near infrared photometry, low resolution spectra and redshifts of millions galaxies. IAC participates in the development of NISP Instrument Control Unit.

    Rebolo López
  • Celostato de SOPHI en la Sala AIV
    SOPHI (Solar Orbiter)

    Solar Orbiter Polarimetric and Helioseismic Imager

    Valentín Juan
    Martínez Pillet
  • SunRise3 before launch

    Magnetograph for SUNRISE. IMaX (Imaging Magnetograph eXperiment) is one of the postfocal instruments for the SUNRISE experiment. After two succesful flights, SUNRISE 3 is now under development, again with the participation of IAC.

    Ruiz Cobo
  • Montaje de caracterización del microbolómetro en la cámara climática del IAC, utilizando un cuerpo negro especial para el rango de temperaturas que espera medir la misión.

    The Infrared Camera (IRCAM) of the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Extreme Universe Space Observatory (EUSO)

    Javier Andrés
    Licandro Goldaracena
  • THERMAP for Marco Polo-R
    Javier Andrés
    Licandro Goldaracena