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Mission centers

Solar observatory SOLAR

SOLARWithin the general framework of the Columbus mission (International Space Station ISS) of the European Space Agency (ESA), BUSOC has, since the launch, been the Facility Responsible Centre (ESA/FRC) for the solar observatory installed on an external pallet of the Columbus module.

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Microsatellite PICARDPicard

Picard is a CNES Myriade microsatellite that precisely measures the Sun’s diameter and its variations, as well as solar irradiance, with the twofold aim of learning more about how the Sun affects Earth’s climate and studying its physics and inner structure.

Ground control of the in-orbit operations of PICARD is provided by the PICARD Scientific Mission Centre (CMS-P) situated at B.USOC in the facilities of BIRA-IASB.

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