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Gaia : Focus, straylight and basic angle

Mora, A.; Biermann, M.; Bombrun, A.; Boyadjian, J.; Chassat, F.; Corberand, P.; Davidson, M.; Doyle III, F; Escolar, D. and Gielesen, W. L. M., et al. (2016) Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave In Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave 9904.
Abstract

The Gaia all-sky astrometric survey is challenged by several issues affecting the spacecraft stability. Amongst them, we find the focus evolution, straylight and basic angle variations Contrary to pre-launch expectations, the image quality is continuously evolving, during commissioning and the nominal mission. Payload decontaminations and wavefront sensor assisted refocuses have been carried out to recover optimum performance. An ESA-Airbus DS working group analysed the straylight and basic angle issues and worked on a detailed root cause analysis. In parallel, the Gaia scientists have also analysed the data, most notably comparing the BAM signal to global astrometric solutions, with remarkable agreement. In this contribution, a status... (More)

The Gaia all-sky astrometric survey is challenged by several issues affecting the spacecraft stability. Amongst them, we find the focus evolution, straylight and basic angle variations Contrary to pre-launch expectations, the image quality is continuously evolving, during commissioning and the nominal mission. Payload decontaminations and wavefront sensor assisted refocuses have been carried out to recover optimum performance. An ESA-Airbus DS working group analysed the straylight and basic angle issues and worked on a detailed root cause analysis. In parallel, the Gaia scientists have also analysed the data, most notably comparing the BAM signal to global astrometric solutions, with remarkable agreement. In this contribution, a status review of these issues will be provided, with emphasis on the mitigation schemes and the lessons learned for future space missions where extreme stability is a key requirement.

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Astrometry, Basic angle, Focus, Gaia, Interferometry, Stability, Straylight, Wavefront sensor
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Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
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Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
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  abstract     = {<p>The Gaia all-sky astrometric survey is challenged by several issues affecting the spacecraft stability. Amongst them, we find the focus evolution, straylight and basic angle variations Contrary to pre-launch expectations, the image quality is continuously evolving, during commissioning and the nominal mission. Payload decontaminations and wavefront sensor assisted refocuses have been carried out to recover optimum performance. An ESA-Airbus DS working group analysed the straylight and basic angle issues and worked on a detailed root cause analysis. In parallel, the Gaia scientists have also analysed the data, most notably comparing the BAM signal to global astrometric solutions, with remarkable agreement. In this contribution, a status review of these issues will be provided, with emphasis on the mitigation schemes and the lessons learned for future space missions where extreme stability is a key requirement.</p>},
  author       = {Mora, A. and Biermann, M. and Bombrun, A. and Boyadjian, J. and Chassat, F. and Corberand, P. and Davidson, M. and Doyle III, F and Escolar, D. and Gielesen, W. L. M. and Guilpain, T. and Hernandez, J and Kirschner, V. and Klioner, S. A. and Koeck, C. and Laine, B. and Lindegren, L. and Serpell, E. and Tatry, P. and Thoral, P.},
  booktitle    = {Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave},
  isbn         = {9781510601871},
  keyword      = {Astrometry,Basic angle,Focus,Gaia,Interferometry,Stability,Straylight,Wavefront sensor},
  language     = {eng},
  publisher    = {SPIE},
  title        = {Gaia : Focus, straylight and basic angle},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.2230763},
  volume       = {9904},
  year         = {2016},
}