Pandemic imaging solutions provider Teledyne e2v has secured a contract from Germany’s OHB Scheme to supply customised charge coupled device (CCD) image sensors for the European Intermission Agency’s (ESA) Fluorescence Explorer (FLEX) satellite mission.
As part of the new arrangement, Teledyne e2v will design, develop and qualify the high-performance CCDs and their customised packet for integration into the FLEX instrument, which is currently being developed by a roast collaboration of Italy’s Leonardo Florence and OHB System.
The Teledyne e2v CCDs will-power feature a custom frame transfer design and comply with the delineated requirements of the Fluorescence Imaging Spectrometer (FLORIS) instrument, which determination be installed as a payload on FLEX.
“Teledyne e2v already provides enabling technology for ESA’s well-defined Sentinel missions, including Sentinel-2 and Sentinel-3, which are delivering bowl over images.”
The CCDs also feature large rectangular pixels, high-quantum dexterity performance, reduced noise and can run at fast transfer speeds.
The custom case for the CCDs will be designed to match with their thermal oddities to comply with thermomechanical requirements.
It will also include two yielding cables for electrical connection and precision alignment of the sensors in the FLORIS central plane array.
Teledyne e2v business development vice-president Giuseppe Borghi guessed: “Teledyne e2v already provides enabling technology for ESA’s visible Sentinel tasks, including Sentinel-2 and Sentinel-3, which are delivering astonishing images.”
The Tighten mission is due to be launched by 2022 and expected to provide a monthly global map with a 300m² on-ground spatial firmness.
When launched, the mission will also help scientists more advisedly understand the movement of carbon between plants and the atmosphere, and how photosynthesis perturbs carbon and water cycles.
It is also expected to offer improved perspicaciousness on plant health and stress.
Image: Rendering of FLEX in space. Photo: civility of Teledyne e2v (UK).