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8 December 2011

e2v awarded multi-million Euro contract by Thales Alenia Space for the supply of CMOS imaging sensors for Meteosat Third Generation

e2v, the leading global provider of high performance imaging solutions, has signed a multi-million Euro contract with Thales Alenia Space for the design, development and manufacture of a space qualified CMOS imaging sensor for use in the Flexible Combined Imager (FCI) instrument of the Meteosat Third Generation (MTG), an ESA and the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) programme.

Following on from Meteosat Second Generation (MSG), the MTG network is being created to ensure continuity of high resolution meteorological data to 2037 and beyond. This next series of 6 geostationary weather satellites includes 4 imaging satellites (MTG-I) and 2 sounding satellites (MTG-S) in geostationary orbits and will provide significant improvements over the capabilities of the current Meteosat generation.

e2v will manage the whole of the supply chain for the sensors, from the in-house design, to the qualification and delivery of the sub-assembly, including the CMOS imaging sensor itself and the customised package including filters. This contract will build on e2vâ€s extensive CMOS design expertise, project delivery capability, and ability to manage industrial supply chains.

The FCI instrument onboard each of the MTG satellites will provide images of our weather systems and environmental changes with better spatial, temporal and radiometric resolution than currently available. The first MTG-I satellite is expected to be launched in 2017, with the first MTG-S following in early 2019. Thales Alenia Space is the prime contractor responsible for the MTG-I imaging satellites, including the primary FCI instrument.

Jon Kemp, marketing manager for high performance imaging solutions at e2v said “e2v has led the development and supply of high performance imaging sensors for space applications for many years and it is exciting to see our experience in CMOS technology enabling missions such as MTG. We are very pleased to be entrusted with this important programme and look forward to the successful delivery of the Visible Detector Assemblies for the MTG-I satellites”.

Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) imager and sounder satellites

Credits: ESA /P. Carril

Jessica Broom, Marketing Communication Manager Tel: + 44 (0) 1 245 453 607

e2v is a leading global provider of specialist technology for high performance systems and equipment; delivering solutions, sub-systems and components for specialist applications within medical & science, aerospace & defence, and commercial & industrial markets. e2v has its headquarters in the UK, employs approximately 1500 people, has design and production facilities across Europe and North America, and has a global network of sales and technical support offices. For the year ended 31 March 2011, e2v reported sales of £229m and is listed on the London Stock Exchange. For more information visit