Sunrise III: Preparing for the Flight

Sunrise III is currently taking shape in the cleanrooms at MPS. The launch is scheduled for summer of 2022.

October 28, 2021

Preparing for the Hang Test

Inside the balloon hall at MPS, the Sunrise III team prepares for the hang test. The door of the balloon hall is still closed.
October 28, 2021

A First Peek

The door to the balloon hall opens....
October 28, 2021

The Hang Test Can Negin

The door as been opened, Sunrise III is looking ouside. The pointing test can now begin.
October 28, 2021

Sunrise III during the Hang Test

During the Hang Test Sunrise III faces the Sun. For the first time, sunlight makes its way to the scientific instruments on top of the telescope.
October 28, 2021

The Hang Test as Seen from the Balloon Hall

A view of Sunrise III's backside as it peers at the Sun.
October 28, 2021

Sunlight over Sunrise III during the Hang Test

Sunlight over Sunrise III during the Hang Test
October 28, 2021

Aerial View of the Hang Test

The Hang Test as Seen from an Aerial Perspective
October 28, 2021

Hang Test in Göttingen

Approximately 60 people witnessed the hang test on site in Göttingen.
October 28, 2021

Looking up to Sunrise III

An unusual prespective of the hang test
October 16, 2021

First Pointing Test

Sunlight touches Sunrise III for the first time in order to test the pointing. The telescope's cover is not removed.
October 16, 2021

The Door of the Balloon Hall Opens

The door of the balloon hall opens for the first time.
October 16, 2021

Minutes before the First Pointing Test

Scientists and engineers from MPS and JHUAPL prepare for the first pointing test.
October 11, 2021

Gondola Meets Payload

Carefully and with the help of many hands, Sunrise III’s telescope and scientific instruments are lifted into their position in the partly assembled gondola in the balloon hall at MPS.

 
October 06, 2021

Tilted Telescope

The telescope undergoes last tests before integration into the gondola. During flight it has to be able to remain in any given tilted position to point at the Sun.
October 06, 2021

A Look at the Backside of the Tilted Telescope

The telescope is undergoes last tests before integration into the gondola. During flight it has to be able to remain in any given tilted position to point at the Sun.
October 06, 2021

Backside of the Telescope

Last tests of the telescope before integration into the gondola. The telescope can be tilted with one finger!
October 01, 2021

Arrival of the Gondola at MPS

A crane lifts the container holding the disassembled gondola into place infront of the balloon hall at MPS.
October 01, 2021

Guiding the Container to its "Parking Position"

Carefully, the container holding the disassembled gondola is guided to its parking position infront of the balloon hall at MPS.
September 28, 2021

"Marrying" the PFI and the telescope

Work in progress: The black box holding Sunrise III's post-focal instrumentation (PFI) will soon find it place on top of the telescope.
September 07, 2021

Cutting Insulating Foil

Before the insulating cover for the telescope can be pieced together and sewed, the pieces must be carfeully cut out.
September 07, 2021

Sewing the Insulation

After the cutting, the layers of insulation are carefully sewed into a shape that will fit the telescope.
September 07, 2021

First Fitting

The first fitting of the telescope's insulating cover looks good!
September 03, 2021

Applying Insulation

A member of the SCIP-team from NAOJ applies insulating foil to the optical unit of SCIP in the cleanrooms at MPS.
September 03, 2021

SCIP Hanging from a Crane

With the help of a crane, SCIP's optical unit is lifted to be integrated into the box holding the post-focal instrumentation.
September 03, 2021

Careful, SCIP!

Hanging from a crane in the cleanrooms at MPS, SCIP's optical unit is carefully guided to its slot in the PFI.
September 03, 2021

SCIP's Optical Unit Finds its Place

SCIP's optical unit has been successfully integrated into the PFI.
August 25, 2021

First Optical Tests with SCIP

Remoteley operated – and closely witnessed – by team members from the National Astronomical Observatory in Japan and the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía in Spain, SCIP undergoes first optical tests at MPS.

 
August 25, 2021

Optical Tests with SCIP

SCIP undergoes first optical tests at MPS.
August 23, 2021

Virtual Consultations Before Unpacking SCIP

Before unpacking SCIP in the cleanrooms at MPS, there is virtual advice from the colleagues at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan and the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía.
August 23, 2021

Unpacking of Boxes with Hardware for SCIP

All SCIP-hardware that was delivered from the National Astronomical Institute of Japan is carefully unpacked.
August 23, 2021

Transport of Boxes into the Cleanrooms

The boxes containing the instrument SCIP are transported into the cleanrooms at MPS
August 23, 2021

SCIP: Removal of Protective Foil

In the cleanrooms, the protective foil that covers SCIP is carefully removed before the instrument is placed on the optical bench.
August 23, 2021

Unpacking SCIP

For the transport, SCIP's hardware parts were sealed in protective foil. Each part is carefully unpacked at MPS.
August 17, 2021

Welcome to MPS, SCIP!

Sunrise III’s instrument SCIP which has been provided by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan has safely arrived at MPS and will be integrated into the box holding the post-focal instrumentation in the next weeks.

August 10, 2021

SCIP's departure

Securely packed into boxes, Sunrise III's instrument SCIP (Sunrise Chromospheric Infrared spectroPolarimeter) left the cleanrooms at NAOJ (National Astronomical Observatory of Japan) on August 10th, 2021 and will travel to MPS in Göttingen in the next days.
August 10, 2021

A Box Full of SCIP

Several transprt boxes carrying SCIP embark on the first part of their journey via truck.
August 10, 2021

Bidding SCIP Farewell

Members of the SCIP-team bid their instrument farewell as it starts its long journey from NAOJ in Japan to MPS in Germany.
July 19, 2021

Checking for Contamination

Before integration into the PFI, the instrument SUSI is checked for contaminations.