SSTL provides spectrometer for Euro Space Agency mission

Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) has won a €10.7m (£9.1m) contract from the European Space Agency (ESA) via Dutch Space to provide a Short-Wave Infra-Red (SWIR) spectrometer as part of the TROPOMI instrument for the Sentinel 5 Precursor atmospheric monitoring mission.

The SWIR spectrometer will be used to measure carbon monoxide (CO) and methane (CH4) in the atmosphere.

Sentinel 5 Precursor will provide a source of accurate and detailed data following the completion of the European Space Agency’s Envisat Mission, allowing scientists to continue to study both air quality and climate change until Sentinel 5 is launched in the next decade.

SSTL’s Optical Payloads Group will coordinate an industrial consortium including the Netherlands Institute for Space Research (SRON) and Sofradir (France) to procure and integrate the precision remote sensing instrument.