Teledyne Technologies announced in July 2015 that they have secured a USD$15 million contract with NASA to provide hyperspectral remote-sensing imagery from an instrument to be installed on the International Space Station (ISS). The instrument, built by the German Aerospace Center (DLR), will be integrated into the multi-user system for earth sensing (MUSES) earth-observation platform at the station. It is said to be the first instrument to be installed in the MUSES platform which will also house three other Earth observation tools.
The special sensor is designed to be functional in the light wavelength range of visible through the near infrared. In addition, it is expected to collect more than 70 million km² of data per year. President and CEO of Teledyne Technologies, Robert Mehrabian, is very proud to have secured the contract. He said in a statement: “Our partnerships with Nasa and DLR further expand the commercial use of the ISS, while providing our governments with unique imaging data."
Once the data is collected, it will assist scientists in a multitude of areas including atmospheric research, forestry and agricultural management, and other areas of scientific and humanitarian importance. MUSES is expected to become operational in 2016 and the hyperspectral instrument and imagery will come into use in 2017.
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