July 31, 2014


CNES was in charge of developing the Picard satellite, ground control segment and science mission centre, and managed interfaces with the launch vehicle.

The LATMOS atmospheres, environments and space observations laboratory (formerly the SA aeronomy department) at CNRS was prime contractor for the development of the payload. It was in charge of developing the SODISM instrument and the PGCU electronic payload management unit, as well as the associated science data centre.

The programme was developed in partnership with the Swiss Space Office, which supported development of the PREMOS instrument, the Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO), which supported development of the SOVAP instrument and the Science Mission Centre, and the European Space Agency (ESA) via its PRODEX programme (PROgramme for the Development of scientific Experiments).

The French research laboratories working on Picard are:

  1. Côte d'Azur Observatory (OCA),
  2. IAS space astrophysics institute, Orsay
  3. DAPNIA astrophysics, particle physics, nuclear physics and instrumentation department at CEA, the French atomic energy and alternative energies commission
  4. Meudon Observatory and its LESIA space and astrophysics instrumentation research laboratory

International research laboratories with principal investigators in charge of scientific instruments are:

  1. Physikalisch-Meteorologisches Observatorium Davos (PMOD), World Radiation Center (Switzerland), for the PREMOS instrument
  2. Belgian Royal Meteorological Institute (RMI) for the SOVAP instrument, with the Royal Belgian Observatory for the BOS part of the instrument.

Scientists from the following laboratories were involved in readying for the Picard mission and preparatory work to use its data:

Yale University, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Goddard Earth and Technology Center, NASA (GSFC), High Altitude Observatory at NCAR, University of Barcelona.