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Airbus delivers first Sentinel-5 instrument for satellite integration

Airbus Defence and Space has delivered the first Sentinel-5 instrument for the European Space Agency (ESA) that will be integrated on MetOp Second Generation Satellite A.

Above: Sentinel-5 UVNS Proto Flight Model (PFM).
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The UVNS (Ultraviolet Visible Near-infrared Short-wave infrared Spectrometer) instrument will contribute to the improved monitoring of air quality, changes in the ozone layer, and emissions from wildfires.

An industrial consortium of about 50 different companies from 13 countries across Europe had been involved in its development. Its demanding performance required new technology enhancements in different fields such as optics, electronics and structures.

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It will provide the scientific community with new insights on Earth’s atmosphere.

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In the near future, three more atmospheric Sentinels (one Sentinel-4 and two Sentinel-5 instruments) will be delivered by Airbus that will provide data for the next two decades.

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