2 August 2014 ASPIICS: an externally occulted coronagraph for PROBA-3: Design evolution
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PROBA-3 is a mission devoted to the in-orbit demonstration of precise formation flying techniques and technologies for future ESA missions. PROBA-3 will fly ASPIICS (Association de Satellites pour l’Imagerie et l’Interferométrie de la Couronne Solaire) as primary payload, which makes use of the formation flying technique to form a giant coronagraph capable of producing a nearly perfect eclipse allowing to observe the sun corona closer to the rim than ever before. The coronagraph is distributed over two satellites flying in formation (approx. 150m apart). The so called Coronagraph Satellite carries the camera and the so called Occulter Satellite carries the sun occulter disc. This paper is reviewing the design and evolution of the ASPIICS instrument as at the beginning of Phase C/D.
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Etienne Renotte, Elena Carmen Baston, Alessandro Bemporad, Gerardo Capobianco, Ileana Cernica, Radoslav Darakchiev, François Denis, Richard Desselle, Lieve De Vos, Silvano Fineschi, Mauro Focardi, Tomasz Górski, Rafał Graczyk, Jean-Philippe Halain, Aline Hermans, Carl Jackson, Christian Kintziger, Jacek Kosiec, Nektarios Kranitis, Federico Landini, Vít Lédl, Giuseppe Massone, Alexandra Mazzoli, Radek Melich, Dominique Mollet, Michał Mosdorf, Gianalfredo Nicolini, Bogdan Nicula, Piotr Orleański, Marie-Catherine Palau, Maurizio Pancrazzi, Antonis Paschalis, Radek Peresty, Jean-Yves Plesseria, Miroslaw Rataj, Marco Romoli, Cédric Thizy, Michel Thomé, Kanaris Tsinganos, Ryszard Wodnicki, Tomasz Walczak, Andrei Zhukov, "ASPIICS: an externally occulted coronagraph for PROBA-3: Design evolution", Proc. SPIE 9143, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 91432M (2 August 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2056784; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2056784

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