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The CESAR core architecture is composed of the following elements:
CESAR MAIN CONTROL CENTRE
This is the centre from which all participating telescopes are controlled and the observation data is transferred so that it can be archived and distributed to the users. The Control Centre is split into two modules: the control module and the CESAR Data Archive.
ESAC RADIO TELESCOPE
VIL-1 Antenna, a Cassegrain 15m parabolic main reflector fed with an S-band transmitter and an S-band receiver (S/S) located at ESAC.
Status: Operational, remote control
CEBREROS OPTICAL NIGHT OBSERVATORY
A 50cm optical robotic telescope located at ESA's Deep Space Tracking Station in Cebreros.
Status: Waiting for hardware updates (current manual use)
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: Operational (remotely)
ESAC SOLAR OBSERVATORY (HELIOS)
Consists of two telescopes, a 9cm Hα telescope and a small 10cm refractor installed at ESAC to perform solar observations during the day.
Status: Operational (automatic)
Portable Solar Telescope (RA)
A 9cm Hα telescope and a small 10cm refractor, similar to the set-up of the Helios Observatory, are available to perform transient solar observations.
Status: Operational (for special missions, events and backup)
The CESAR architecture is flexible, so it can accommodate future instruments (new optical telescopes or radio-telescopes).
CubeSat control antenna
The antenna is installed on the roof of building A at ESAC. This position allows it to be as close as possible to the CESAR control room, where the control computer is located.
Status: Under commissioning and performance characterisation.