Instrumentation of large observatories (AA-ANO2)

Instrumentation of large observatories (AA-ANO2)

#Sun – Earth
CIS/CLUSTER : Cluster Ion Spectrometry
MMS : Magnetospheric MultiScale
Solar Orbiter

# Compacts objects
CTA : Cherenkov Telescope Array
X-IFU/Athena : X-ray Integral Field Unit / Advanced Telescope for High-­Energy Astrophysics
SKATE : Square Kilometer Array


# Planetary objects
# Jupiter
Mars2020 / SuperCAM

#Stellar objects



Mars 2020 / SuperCam



Solar Orbiter




SPIRou stares at a young rebel: the AU Mic planetary system

SPIRou, the new spectropolarimeter / high-precision velocimeter recently installed on the 3.6m Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT), allowed to measure the mass and density of a close-in Neptune-like planet orbiting the hugely-active […]


PEP consortium delivers flight models of the first four particle detectors of the JUICE probe to Jupiter

After 8 years of development, the PEP consortium, which includes IRAP (CNRS, Université Paul Sabatier de Toulouse and CNES) (1), has just delivered to Airbus the flight models of the […]


ESA unveils the first Solar Orbiter images

The first images taken by Solar Orbiter, ESA’s new solar exploration probe, have just been unveiled by the European Space Agency. Solar Orbiter completed its “flight test” phase in mid-June […]


One step closer into the heart of the X-IFU

A new video about the spectrometer X-IFU (X-ray Integral Field Unit) is now available. You will discover the heart of the instrument: its X-ray detection chain. The spectrometer X-IFU is […]


France on Mars aboard NASA’s Perseverance Rover

NASA’s next Mars rover has a new name: “Perseverance”. This name is reminiscent of its wheeled predecessors: Pathfinder, Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity. Long live Perseverance, which will be launched this […]


France on Mars with MARS2020, the American rover

This summer, NASA will send a new laser-equipped rover to the surface of Mars. Unlike science fiction lasers, the laser on the Mars2020 rover is used to study the geology […]


First year of the Insight Mars mission, surprising scientific results

A new understanding of Mars is emerging in light of the first year of NASA’s InSight mission. Results described in a set of six papers published today, five in Nature […]


Successful launch for Solar Orbiter!

The European probe begins its journey towards the centre of our Solar System, with French science in the spotlight. On Monday, February 10, 2020, at 05:03 a.m. French time, Solar […]


Europe’s Solar Orbiter will leave the Earth for the Sun on February 10, 2020

On the night of February 9-10, 2020, from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the Solar Orbiter probe will depart towards the Sun on board an Atlas V 411. Its […]


The 10th X-IFU Consortium Meeting

The 10th X-IFU Consortium Meeting was hosted by IRAP in Toulouse from Monday 16th to Friday 20th of September. Participants met during various splinters and all together for the two […]


Mars 2020 Rover Gets a Super Instrument

Engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, have installed the SuperCam Mast Unit onto the Mars 2020 rover. The instrument’s camera, laser and spectrometers can identify the chemical […]


The SuperCam instrument soon to be delivered to NASA

The Mast Unit of the SuperCam instrument of the American Mars 2020 mission will soon be delivered to NASA’s space research center, the JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory – Pasadena-USA), in […]


Athena X-IFU: a revolutionary instrument for understanding the Universe

A new step has just been successfully taken by the scientists in charge of the realization of the X-IFU spectrometer, the flagship instrument of the future X-rays space telescope : […]


Gamma Ray Astrophysics: the Southern CTA Observatory will be built in Chile

The Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) Observatory today announced the signing of three agreements to build its southern site in Chile, specifically on ESO lands 11km southeast of the Very Large […]


HARMONI paves the way for the scientific exploitation of ELT

French laboratories  (1) including IRAP (Université Paul Sabatier de Toulouse and CNRS) have just reached a major milestone for HARMONI, the very high resolution imaging spectrograph of the Extremely Large […]


First light for SPIRou, the exoplanet hunter

SPIRou, the new spectropolarimeter and planet hunter developed for the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT), has successfully collected its first starlight. Ten years after its conception and after four months of intensive […]


NASA MMS satellites discover new magnetic reconnection process associated with plasma turbulence

In a recent article published in the journal Nature, scientists including a researcher from IRAP (Université Paul Sabatier de Toulouse & CNRS) discovered a new type of magnetic process, closely […]


2,000 sols of exploration of the Gale crater by the Curiosity robot on Mars

After nearly 6 years of exploration of the Gale Crater, NASA’s Curiosity robot passes the 2000-sols mark (1 sol = 1 Martian day = 24 hr 40 min) on the […]


MOSAIC at the ELT: A Gigantic Step into the Deep Universe

The MOSAIC multi-object spectrograph will be the workhorse instrument for the future Extremely Large Telescope (ELT), the biggest visible/infrared telescope in the world. It will be the world-leading multi-object spectrograph […]


Chemcam: 500,000th laser shot from the Curiosity rover

Far exceeding the duration of its mission, initially planned for two years, the Curiosity rover, equipped with the two instruments SAM and ChemCam designed with the participation of France, has […]


Delivery of the PAS French instrument for the Solar Orbiter mission

The PAS (Proton-Alfa Sensor) sensor, designed and developed by the IRAP teams (CNRS / CNES / Paul Sabatier University), will be delivered to ESA on 13 June 2017 to equip […]


SuperCam : design review successful

On December 7, 8 and 9, 2016, the SuperCam team made up of researchers from IRAP (Paul Sabatier University of Toulouse & CNRS) and engineers of the Scientific Instrumentation Group […]


MOSAIC, the Multi-Object Spectrograph of the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT)

The European Southern Observatory has signed a phase A study contract with the MOSAIC consortium. The multi-object spectrograph will be the workhorse instrument for the E-ELT, being the biggest telescope […]