Five major infrastructures are operationnal and can be opened for collaborative programmes including R&D for scientific and technological innovations. All instruments are operated with OCA’s service support from scientists ands engineers located in OCA-Nice and supported by OCA’s own budget and additionnal programmes from CNES, INSU-CNRS and local authority financial support.
Earth Observation satellites
at BsC, MsC and PhD levels and European networking in astronomy and geosciences.
geostationnary and low orbit satellites.
using passive diffraction limited techniques of solar system planets and adaptive optics R&D.
integrated in the global network of the RESIF broadband sismometry.
for remote observations of transcient events (astronomical gamma bursts, space debris, NEO asteroids, etc..).
for the long term (since 35 years) solar variability follow-up and simultaneous atmospheric turbulence monitoring applicable to space-weathering programs.
for lunar and satellite laser-ranging (fast tracking mount), with secondary instrumentations : e.g. adaptive optics for imaging in the visible of low orbit satellites and space-debris survey programs in addition to time-frequency ground-space synchronization.
with versatile focal instruments with and field photopoalrimetric CCD imging, EMCCD 1kx1k diffraction limited imaging, a prototype of large-field adaptive optics for high contrast imaging in the IR (up to the H 1.6µ band).