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Teledyne Adds Partner for Space Imaging Platform

Photonics.com
Oct 2013
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., Oct. 4, 2013 — The German Aerospace Center (DLR) will develop an instrument for Teledyne Technologies Inc.’s digital imaging platform for the International Space Station, Teledyne announced Thursday.

Partnering with Teledyne’s Huntsville, Ala., subsidiary, Teledyne Brown Engineering Inc., DLR plans to develop and deliver an advanced visual/near-IR imaging spectrometer to be integrated with Teledyne’s MUSES (Multi-User System for Earth Sensing) platform, currently being developed under an agreement with NASA. The instrument will occupy one of the four Earth-looking instrument sites on MUSES, which will be mounted on the International Space Station, and will help advance the state of the art in remote sensing technology, Teledyne said.

“We are exceedingly pleased to undertake this scientific-industrial partnership with DLR, which has an impressive history in Earth observation,” said Robert Mehrabian, chairman, president and CEO of Teledyne. “We expect to differentiate our imaging business by collecting data of unprecedented spectral quality from space for scientific, commercial, educational and humanitarian purposes. This instrument will be a cornerstone of that capability.”

Working in the wavelength range from visible through the near-IR, the DLR/Teledyne instrument will enable precise data acquisition of the Earth’s surface for applications including fire detection, maritime domain awareness and atmospheric research. Teledyne will be responsible for integrating and operating the instrument and will collaborate with DLR in several areas, including basic and applied research for use of data in optimizing data collected from other MUSES-hosted instrumentation. Teledyne and DLR expect the instrument to be operational by late 2015.

For more information, visit: www.teledyne.com 


GLOSSARY
remote sensing
Technique that utilizes electromagnetic energy to detect and quantify information about an object that is not in contact with the sensing apparatus.
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