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7 February 2019

Teledyne e2v completes delivery of image sensors to the Sentinel-5/UVNS instrument mission

High-Performance CCD image sensors supplied to enable collaborative weather and climate programme between ESA and EUMETSAT.

 Chelmsford, UK – February 7, 2019: Teledyne e2v has delivered all 12flight deliverables consisting of three variants of its CCD314 image sensors for the Sentinel-5/UVNS instrument to be launched onboard the Second Generation MetOp (MetOp-SG) satellites.

Sentinel-5 Satellite Image

Delivering important data on the composition of the atmosphere, Sentinel-5 is set to make a step change in monitoring and forecasting global air quality. Copyright: ESA/P. Carril

A collaborative program between the ESA and EUMETSAT, the MetOp-SG programme comprises three flight sets of two low earth polar-orbiting satellites with complimentary payloads, MetOpSG-A and MetOpSG-B. Airbus Defence and Space is responsible for the MetOp-SG spacecraft and system.

The Sentinel-5/UVNS instrument onboard MetopSG-A is focused on global monitoring of key air quality trace gases and aerosols as a part of the Copernicus program. It will also contribute to operational meteorological observations from polar orbit and thus increase Europe’s capability for long-term climate monitoring.

Teledyne e2v’s custom CCD image sensors are optimized for different wavelengths and built around the company’s proprietary enhanced quantum efficiency backside thinning process. The image sensors include a graded anti-reflective coating unique to Teledyne e2v, and will sit at the heart of the Sentinel-5/UVNS instrument, a high-resolution spectrometer operating in the ultraviolet to near-infrared range.

Teledyne e2v CCD314 NIR Imaging Sensor for Copernicus Sentinel-5/UVNS

Teledyne e2v CCD314 NIR Imaging Sensor for Copernicus Sentinel-5/UVNS

In addition, the custom image detectors feature:

  • Split-frame transfer modes
  • Radiation-hardened process
  • Very high dynamic range

Dave Morris, Principal Project Manager at Teledyne e2v said: “Teledyne e2v is proud to have completed the manufacturing and delivery of all flight hardware to the Sentinel-5 program. We are confident the detectors will provide this collaborative effort between the EU and UK with advanced insights across all of the goals of this mission”.

Dr. Didier Martin, Sentinel-5 Project Manager at the European Space Agency said: “These CCDs are the first flight items to be integrated at the heart of the Sentinel-5 instrument. With their outstanding performances, we are confident the sensors will meet the mission’s goals of monitoring air quality and supporting climate modelling by measuring atmospheric trace gases such as Ozone, Nitrogen dioxide, Sulphuric dioxide and many others, on a daily basis with unprecedented accuracy and resolution.”

Robert Greinacher, Sentinel 5 Project Manager at Airbus Space Systems concluded: “Sentinel-5 is one of the most important instruments on board the MetOp-SG spacecraft, providing precise weather and environmental monitoring for the sake of European citizens. The on-time delivery of the sensors by Teledyne e2v, together with their demonstrated performance, confirms the supplier selection by Airbus for this key technology on which Sentinel-5 is based. Further, these sensors are one key contributor to achieve an overall outstanding instrument performance. ”

 

Funded by the EU and ESA

Funded by the EU and ESA banner

Funded by the EU and ESA banner

 

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About Teledyne e2v

Teledyne e2v’s innovations lead developments in healthcare, life sciences, space, transportation, defense and security, and industrial markets. Teledyne e2v’s unique approach involves listening to the application challenges of customers and partnering with them to provide innovative standard, semi-custom or fully-custom imaging solutions, bringing increased value to their systems. As part of the Teledyne Imaging Group, and in combination with its sister companies, Teledyne DALSA and Teledyne Imaging Sensors, represent a new paradigm in the delivery of innovative imaging solutions built on unrivalled expertise and a deep technological heritage that includes capabilities across the spectrum, from infrared to x-ray imaging.

 

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