Belgian Space Technology in the Rosetta mission

Belgian Space Technology in the Rosetta mission

The robotic space probe Rosetta is built and launched by ESA to chase, approach and land on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. After a journey of 10 years, Rosetta arrived at the comet destination earlier this week. A significant progress in exploring our origins.

ESA is writing history with this mission: Rosetta is the first spacecraft having a rendezvous with a comet. With a combination of remote sensing and in situ measurements, it will study the Jupiter-family comet. Over the next few months, everything will be prepared to release the Philae lander, which carries a suite of instruments for imaging and sampling the comet’s nucleus.

Several European Space Technology Providers have cooperated to achieve this mission. Alcatel, Amos, Logica, Nexans, Rhea & Spacebel were the Belgian contributing partners.

Contractor Contracted item
Alcatel ETCA Attitude and orbit control measurement system interface unit (AIU) DC/DC hybrids
Remote terminal unit (RTU) DC/DC hybrids
AMOS Batteries
Logica Support to avionics
(formerly Alcatel Fabrisys)
Spacecraft harness
Rhea Consultancy support
Spacebel Software validation facility (SVF) – software development environment (SDE) design specification

Are you looking for innovations based on Rosetta or other space missions? Please feel free to contact us. As Belgian partner for ESA’s Technology Transfer Programme Office, we’re always on the look out for new space and non-space applications.

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