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High technology from Jena successfully launched on RapidEye
Jenoptik subsidiary Jena-Optronik provides five multi-spectral imagers for the payload of this unique earth observation mission
Jena-Optronik received the order for the development and production of the multi-spectral imagers from MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA), Canada, the prime contractor for RapidEye constellation in 2004 via a subcontract issued to MDA. The Canadian company is a leading provider of information systems especially in the application area of monitoring the earth. The Canadian Commercial Corporation, a Government of Canada Crown corporation, is acting as the contracting agency between MDA and RapidEye AG.
Covering the Earth's surface continuously line-by-line (pushbroom principle) the imager of Jena-Optronik enables the precise data acquisition of an approximately 75 kilometres wide strip of land with a pixel size of 6.5 metres out of 630 kilometres. Working in five spectral channels, covering the wavelength range from visible to near infrared it will provide pin sharp multi-spectral and high resolution images. The formation of the satellite system enables a constant global coverage and therefore up-to-date information on a daily basis. Due to the high repetition rate the gained data provide important information in the field of environmental monitoring, landscape architecture or disaster management. Beyond that there is going to be an increased commercial benefit for potential end users such as agricultural insurers, who need to forecast or report damages, institutions such as the EU, companies which trade in agricultural commodities and farm corporations that rely on precision crop management.
With the development of the multi-spectral imagers for RapidEye Jena-Optronik entered successfully the market of satellite-based earth observation instruments. The Jena-based company will be a member of the core team of Sentinel-2 for optical earth observation and Sentinel-3 for the observation of the oceans within the European earth observation program GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security). Furthermore the imaging radiometer METimage is a planned German contribution for future operational earth observation platforms in polar orbits (EUMETSAT Post-EPS).
In the Defense and Civil Systems division Jenoptik combines electrics/electronics and mechatronics with laser sensor systems, optics and optoelectronics within complex components, systems and facilities. It focuses on the areas of ground-based observation platforms for intelligence gathering und reconnaissance as well as military and civil vehicle and aircraft equipment: generation and supply of electrical energy, stabilization technology for weapons and optoelectronic sensors, radomes for military aircrafts well as composite structure elements for civil aircrafts, and additionally, mechatronic components and subsystems.
For the security and space industry Jenoptik offers optoelectronic systems, multi-spectral camera systems for earth observation, sensor systems for orbit and attitude control of satellites as well as software. In the laser and infrared sensor systems area its focus is on the development, manufacturing and marketing of laser distance measurement equipment and infrared camera systems for different applications.
With just under 1,100 employees the division generated sales in 2007 of approx. 180 million euros. It maintains production sites in Wedel near Hamburg, Jena, Essen and Altenstadt. The origins of the division go back to ESW GmbH and Jena-Optronik GmbH as well as the laser and infrared sensor systems business areas of JENOPTIK Laser, Optik, Systeme GmbH.
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