September 5, 2014


MICROSCOPE Latest Events


The third MICROSCOPE colloquium will take place in ONERA Palaiseau, on 3-4 November 2014. Its main goal will be to present and discuss the ideas proposed in response to the call sent in July.

More information about the Colloquium


Satellite Critical Definition Review (CDR) and CGPS and performances key point: the Steering Commitee on May 15th authorized the beginning of the satellite AIT (Assembly, Integration and Tests).


T-SAGE instrument Critical Definition Review (CDR)


System interfaces review


Decision of phase C/D
During the December 8th, 2011 session, CNES' Conseil d'Administration decided the realisation of MICROSCOPE satellite (phases C, D, E1 of the project)


System PDR complement and Mission performances key point
This system review and the associated key point brought the expected complements after the Satellite review, particularly about the consolidated performance budgets and the capability of the satellite in achieving the most extended possible scientific mission in a operational context. The Review Board that met on January 12th, 2012 confirmed the project capability to switch to the development phase.


Satellite PDR complement with cold gas propulsion
After 3 years of studies realised with ESA and industries specialized in micro-propulsion, the project has revamped the design of satellite to realise the mission with a nitrogen micro-propulsion system. A Preliminary Definition Review complement begun on March 15, 2011 and successfully ended with a steering Committee on April 14, 2011. Taking into account the satisfactory condition of the new definition as well as the cold gas micro-propulsion technology maturity, the Steering Committee recommanded the project continuation into phase C/D.