It was a critical step in the development calendar of this innovative instrument.
The structure of the infrared instrument was designed and assembled by LAM (Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Marseille).
It is mostly made of ceramic (in Silicon Carbide) made by Boostec near Tarbes, France.
The NISP STM represents the instrument mechanically and thermally. The vibration tests at qualification levels (sinus and random) were successfully passed.
Congratulation to all the teams that worked hard to get this result.
The NISP STM on the vibration test bench at the CSL
There is a long road ahead before the instrument is delivered…