At MPIA, we develop and build state-of-the-art astronomical instruments for large optical telescopes. Our focus is on near-infrared instrumentation. Here is a list of all projects with MPIA involvement - often as part of international consortia.
In developing and helping to build instrumentation for space telescopes, MPIA's focus is on near- and mid-infrared observations. This is an overview of all space-based instruments MPIA has been involved in - often as part of larger, international consortia.
Herschel Space Observatory
Herschel was an ESA space observatory for infrared observations. It was launched on 14 May 2009 and decommissioned on 29 April 2013.
James Webb Space Telescope
The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is a NASA/ESA space observatory launched on December 25th, 2021 – the successor to the highly productive Hubble Space Telescope.
Euclid is a Dark Energy mission within the Cosmic Vision Programme of the European Space Agency (ESA). It will map 15.000 sq.deg of extragalactic sky with high angular resolution visual imaging, infrared spectroscopy and photometry. MPIA's Euclid group is playing a central role in the NISP Near Infrared Spectrophotometer, providing photometry filters and calibration source, as well as the NISP-P Instrument Scientist and NISP Calibration Lead.
Infrared Space Observatory (ISO)
ISO was the first versatile infrared space observatory. The space telescope, with a cooled 60 cm telescope, was launched in November 1995 and was operational until 1998.