Building the Gaia Satellite

  • Gabriella BernardiEmail author
  • Alberto Vecchiato
Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)


The construction of the Gaia satellite was entrusted to EADS Astrium, now Airbus Defence and Space, and was begun in 2006 in Toulouse, France. While Astrium was the prime contractor, the development and construction of the spacecraft involved many smaller subcontractors dealing with several different parts, like the CCDs of the focal plane, which were provided by the UK’s e2v Technologies, or the laser interferometers used to monitor the stability of the basic angle, which were awarded to the Dutch TNO, or the micro-propulsion system used for the attitude control, produced by the Italian branch of Thales Alenia Space.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.TorinoItaly
  2. 2.National Institute of Astrophysics (INAF)Pino TorineseItaly

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