HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
ESA's water mission instrument passes test program

After successfully undergoing a rigorous three-month testing programme, the innovative SMOS (Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity) payload is about to make its journey from ESA's Test Centre in the Netherlands to France, where it will join the platform to form the satellite in preparation for launch next year.

After more than 10 years of research and development, the SMOS mission is adopting a completely new approach in the field of remote sensing by employing a novel instrument called MIRAS (Microwave Imaging Radiometer using Aperture Synthesis). By capturing images of microwave radiation emitted from the surface of the Earth at a specific wavelength, this novel instrument is capable of observing both the moisture in soil and salt in the oceans. MIRAS will be the first-ever 2-D interferometric radiometer in space and will provide much-needed data to learn more about the continual circulation of water between the oceans, the atmosphere and the land the Earth's water cycle, one of the most important processes occurring on the planet and a crucial component of the weather and climate.

Making sure the instrument will withstand the rigors of launch and the harsh environment in orbit is an extremely important part of the mission development. Therefore, with launch scheduled for next year, MIRAS had to undergo an extensive testing programme in ESA's Test Centre.

In balance

After delivery from the instrument prime contractor EADS-CASA in Spain, the testing programme started with determining the instrument's 'mass properties'. This included precisely measuring its overall weight, locating the centre of gravity and the inertia around its three principle axes. These values are crucial for both tuning the launcher trajectory and as input for the satellite's Attitude and Orbit Control System.

Noise

The instrument module consists of a central structure and three deployable arms. These arms were folded up for the
'"/>

Contact: Achim Hahne
Achim.Hahne@esa.int
31-715-653-609
European Space Agency
8-Jun-2007


Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. 50 new mission proposals for ESAs scientific program
2. ESAs Medspiration project branches out to support biodiversity
3. New scientific challenges and goals for ESAs Living Planet Program
4. ESAs microsatellite playing major role in scientific studies
5. Plunge into warmer waters this summer with ESAs Mediterranean heat map
6. ESAs Epidemio and Respond assist during Angolan Marburg outbreak
7. ESAs Huygens begins its final journey into the unknown
8. New system of wastewater treatment could reduce the size of treatment plants by half
9. Space-borne sensors help Africa tackle water shortage problems
10. Chickens dieting to help Delaware waterways
11. New aerogels could clean contaminated water, purify hydrogen for fuel cells

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:6/23/2020)... ... June 23, 2020 , ... ... and monoclonal antibody development services, today announced that the company has received ... to the pharmaceutical, diagnostics, and research industries. The decision to pursue ISO9001 ...
(Date:6/19/2020)... ... 16, 2020 , ... The director of stem cell biotechnology company Asymmetrex ... medicine and pharmaceutical industries have easier access to stem cell counting, they will soon ... this year, Independence Day weekend in the U.S., Asymmetrex is offering free tissue stem ...
(Date:6/11/2020)... ... June 09, 2020 , ... Superior Controls, Inc. , an ... IT solutions for the life sciences industry, is pleased to announce the recent hiring ... of the company’s Seabrook, New Hampshire office. In his new role, Boudreau will ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2020)... ... June 23, 2020 , ... Nobilis Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company ... filed an Investigational New Drug application (IND) with the U.S. Food & Drug ... candidate NBTX-001 in patients with panic disorder (PD). , "Adding a PD trial ...
(Date:6/11/2020)... ... June 09, 2020 , ... Reducing carbon emissions has been and ... Paris Agreement to stock market dips, ways to reduce CO2 is something we can’t ... portfolio. Most of the biofuels being produced today are created from recycled cooking oil ...
(Date:5/28/2020)... ... May 28, 2020 , ... Genedata, the leading ... Genedata Screener ® 17.0, the latest version of its enterprise software for ... assay technologies. Genedata will host a webinar on June 10, 2020, detailing and ...
(Date:5/21/2020)... ... , ... Eaton Square is pleased to announce its growth on the East ... medical technology-focused strategy and M&A advisory firm. , This is an important step for ... Asia Pacific healthcare innovators with capital and investors. , Popper and Company, founded in ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: