Achievements

  • Bimorph Mirrors for X-ray Beam Lines
      Bimorph state of the art: 100nrad and 0.5nm rms During the last year THALES SESO manufactured and delivered more than 10 integrated elliptical bimorphs for Brookhaven National Laboratory (USA), the Photon Factory (Japan), Diamond Light Source (UK). The mirror system have been designed, realized and set-up with slope errors...
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  • KOMPSAT 3A launched
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  • Happy birthday Thales SESO!
    At the beginning of the summer, Thales SESO, based in Aix-en-Provence, celebrated its half-century of existence. Thales SESO began its life as an expert in the polishing of optical pieces for astronomy. Over 50 years, it has become a world leader in components and opto-mechanic systems, supplying most observation satellites,...
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  • Thales SESO on board PLEIADES Satellites launched in 2011 and 2012
    All optical components with their mechanical flexures (Mirrors M1, M2, M3 and M4) and focal plane separator were designed, manufactured and qualified by THALES SESO. PLEIADES is used for Defense, Civil security, Cartography, Risks & crisis management, Hydrology, renewables ressources, geology, Coastal management. PLEIADES is used for 60% of the...
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  • Update on new generation bimorph X-ray mirror for synchrotron beamlines
    Many new generation bimorph mirrors, manufactured by Thales-SESO, are currently in use. A recent article announces scientific advances, thanks to a close collaboration between Diamond Light Source (DLS) and Thales SESO...
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  • Thales SESO at ICSO-2014 conference
    ICSO-2014 conference (International Conference on Space Optics) was held in Tenerife-Canarias Islands from October 2014, 06th to 10th. This major event organized jointly by ESA and CNES gathers all actors involved in optical Space research and Industry (more info can be found on www.icso2014.org). Few hundred people were attending (close...
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  • Thales SESO expands!
    In order to meet the increasing demand, Thales SESO reinforces its teams and expands its production and office areas with a brand new building. This will bring the number of employee from 75 to more than 100. This hiring will concern all the fields of activity:- Optical studies- Mechanical studies-...
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  • Sentinel-1A
    The satellite, Sentinel-1A, which will orbit Earth’s Polar Regions, will transfer the data it collects via a laser communications terminal (LCT) of Tesat-Spacecom. Sentinel-1A was launched by the European Space Agency on 3 April 2014 from Europe’s Spaceport Kourou in French Guiana.Sentinel 1-A is the first satellite of the ESA...
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  • Thales SESO on board of GAIA Telescope
    GAIA is a space observatory of the ESA which is going to list approximately 1 billion (109) of components of the universe. Each will be approximately observed 70 times during 5 years of the telescope’s life. GAIA was successfully launched December 19th, 2013 and will reach its point of observation...
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  • PROXIMA 2 celebrates its first anniversary
    This article appeared in E-news of Photoniques “The French-speaking Review of the optical solutions”, which you can consult on the following link: http: // www.photoniques.com on Monday, April 28th, 2014 09:05 On March 21st, 2014, the Beamline PROXIMA 2 of the synchrotron SOLEIL celebrated its first year of opening to...
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  • IRVIS ENDOSCOPES
    Thales SESO has been selected by the “Max Planck Institut für Plasmaphysik” for the design, production and installation of a set of 2 endoscopes which will be operated onto their Wendelstein W7-X Stellarator experiment (location in North Germany, near Greifswald). These equipments, also named “IRVIS endoscopes” (for InfraRed and VISible),...
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  • LASER RETROREFLECTOR ARRAY – LRA
    The planet gear SARAL was successfully thrown on February 25th, 2013 since the space center of Satish Dhawan, in the South of India. It includes the laser reflector LRA realized by Thales SESO constituted by 9 corners of cube. The AltiKa project developed by the CNES is based on an...
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  • THALES SESO SURVEYS THE DARK ENERGY
    Thales SESO delivered to the Dark Energy Survey consortium a set of impressive large lenses forming the wide field optical corrector of an astronomical observing facility located in Chile. The Dark Energy Survey project is a worldwide organization for fundamental research about the origin of the accelerating universe thank to...
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  • KOMPSAT-3
    Thales SESO from Aix to Provence (France), realized for KARI (South Korea) the manufacturing of all the mirrors of the telescopes of their earth observation satellite (5 mirrors, 2 flight models). In these activities was also included the mechanical design, the manufacturing and the mounting of the attachment flexures between...
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  • THALES SESO’S TECHNOLOGIES IN KOREA
    Our collaboration with the Korea Aerospace Research Institute, KARI, started in 1996. Thales SESO supplied first, a system of OGSE (Optical Ground Support Equipment) for KOMPSAT-1 (Korea Multi-Purpose Satellite). KARI obtained in 2006, the go-ahead to carry out the satellite KOMPSAT-3, behind the successful launch of KOMPSAT-2. Thales SESO has...
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  • PLEIADES and THALES SESO
    Pour l’instrument de Pléiades, THALES ALENIA SPACE a confié à Thales SESO la réalisation de tous les miroirs du télescope avec leurs interfaces de fixation. L’ensemble optique est constitué de 4 miroirs dont 3 asphériques y compris un miroir hors de l’axe. Tous ces miroirs sont très allégés (à mieux...
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