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CESAR INFRASTRUCTURE

The CESAR core architecture composition consists in the following elements, including new infrastructure, see the status of each infrastructure below.

CESAR MAIN CONTROL CENTER

From which all participating telescopes are controlled and the observation data is transferred, in order to archive and distribute to the users. The Control Centre will be split in two modules: the control module and the CESAR Data Archive.

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CESAR Infrastructure Map (ESA/CESAR)

ESAC RADIO TELESCOPE

VIL-1 Antenna, a Cassegrain 15m parabolic main reflector fed with an S-band transmitter and S-band receiver (S/S) located at ESAC.

Status: In operations, remote control

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CESAR Vil1 34 metres antenna (ESA/CESAR)

CEBREROS OPTICAL NIGHT OBSERVATORY

A 50cm optical robotic telescope located at ESA's Deep Space Tracking Station, in Cebreros.

Status: Waiting hardware updates (current manually use)

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Cebreros 50cm telescope (ESA/CESAR)

ROBLEDO OPTICAL NIGHT OBSERVATORY

A 30cm optical telescope located at the visitors centre of the NASA Madrid Deep Space Communications Complex Network (MDSCC), in Robledo de Chavela.

Status: In operations (remotely), waiting operator for daily use

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Robledo 30cm telescope model (ESA/CESAR)

ESAC SOLAR OBSERVATORY (HELIOS)

Consists in two telescopes, a 9cm Hα telescope together with a small 10cm refractor installed at ESAC to perform solar observations during the day.

Status: In operations (automatic)

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HELIOS Solar Observatory (ESA/CESAR)

Portable Solar Telescope (RA)

Also two telescopes with the same configuration than Helios Observatory, a 9cm Hα telescope together with a small 10cm refractor, similar to the set-up in Helios Observatory, is available to perform transient solar observations.

Status: Waiting mission or Star Party

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RA Solar telescope mount model (ESA/CESAR)

CESAR architecture is flexible to accommodate future instruments (new optical telescopes or radio-telescopes), to adapt to new partners contibute.

CubeSat control antenna

The antenna is installed on the roof of building A at ESAC to be as close as possible to the CESAR control room, where the control computer is located. 

Status: Under commissioning and performance characterisation.

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Cubesat Antenna (ESA/CESAR)